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Call You and Yours: Benefit Cuts

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 October 2012

The Chancellor George Osborne told the Tory party conference in Birmingham "we will finish the job that we started" and that "we are still all in this together". He was referring to further cuts of £10bn from the benefits budget.

This is on top of the £18bn cuts announced in 2010.

Mr Osborne has spelt out ideas including limiting housing benefit for the under-25s, so that young people without a job have to live at home.

There will be further curbs on child tax credits and plans to allow benefit increases to be lower than the rate of inflation.

Mr Osborne told the BBC earlier today the better-off would have to pay more in taxes, but the budget could not be balanced "simply on the wallets of the rich". But he also said he wasn't keen on a "wealth tax," adding, "in the sense of a tax on your wealth levied annually".

So are we still all in this together?

On Call You & Yours we're asking for your views and experiences when it comes to the benefits budget. If a further £10 billion has to come out of it, where would you cut? Do you believe there's slack in the system.....anomalies which should be addressed? Or maybe you disagree with the Chancellor when he says the rich can't be the only ones to help Britain out of its financial difficulties?

03700 100 444 is the phone number to call or you can e-mail via the Radio 4 website or text us on 84844. Join me at four minutes past twelve tomorrow.

Presenter: Julian Worricker.



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