Should the welfare system be reformed?
Government plans to reform the current benefits system could see the biggest change to welfare for almost 70 years. Will this be good for claimants?
The proposals set out by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith could lead to many benefits for the unemployed and low-paid being merged into a single payout.
The changes are being brought in partly to tackle perceived long-term welfare dependency by unemployed people, with some saying they are better off on benefits than working.
Mr Duncan-Smith said the reforms would simplify the welfare system, save money and ensure "work always pays". But there are concerns that the new system could potentially lead to some people losing money.
Will the government's plans tackle benefit dependency? Do you work in the welfare sector or as an adviser? Are you currently receiving benefits? How will the changes affect you?
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