Do benefit reforms go far enough?
The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has set out plans to overhaul the benefit system to provide greater incentives for work and sanctions for those unwilling to do so. Will a universal benefit system work?
Central to the plan is a single universal credit which replaces work-related benefits. There will also be sanctions for those unwilling to take up the offer of employment with possible penalties of losing benefit for three years.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said simplifying the benefits system will help 300,000 families back to work. Labour has said although it would back making work pay, it was concerned about a lack of available jobs.
Will the new reforms simplify the benefits system? Will reforms mean an end to life on benefits? Are the sanctions for those refusing employment too harsh? Are you unemployed and "trapped" on benefits?
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