The last couple of months have seen welfare become a key battle ground over the political tussle on dealing with the economic crisis.
The last couple of months have seen welfare become a key battle ground over the political tussle on dealing with the economic crisis. Both sides are using phrases such as ‘strivers’ and ‘squeezed middle’ to claim to be on the side of the key constituent in this battle – hard working families.
Tomorrow will see the Welfare Bill debated in the House of Commons, the centrepiece of which is a cap on welfare increases to 1%, designed to show that the Government is on the side of strivers not scivers. Labour opposes the policy, arguing that hard working families dependent on tax credits will be hit. Other big issues include limiting child benefit, means testing Winter Fuel payments and reforming housing benefit.
‘Chance to be Chancellor’ is asking young people what they would do with the UK welfare system if they were in charge – cap benefits, scrap universal credit or launch a new work programme. Make sure you get involved to share your opinions and contribute to Youth Budget 2013!