Does the welfare system need reform?
The government has laid out plans for what it calls a "root and branch reform" of Britain's welfare system. Are these reforms needed?
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, who is in charge of the reforms has condemned the existing system as 'bust'. He says for too many people "work simply doesn't pay". He wants to at simplify the benefit system and make it worthwhile for the unemployed to work
The proposals include paying welfare-to-work providers on a results-basis, loans to help unemployed people set up their own businesses and local work clubs. They also want to speed up the assessment of all those on incapacity benefit paid to those unable to work due to health problems.
In the proposals the government aims to end what it claims is a system that penalises those on benefits should they try to get a low-paid job.
What do you think of the changes? Are changes necessary? Does our benefit system discourage people from seeking work? Will the new proposals put genuine claimants at a disadvantage? Are you a benefit claimant?