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Workers could be forced to pay at least £5 a week into a personal “welfare account” to get higher benefits if they lose their job, under a plan being considered by George Osborne.

In a report published today, the Policy Exchange think-tank proposes a shake-up of the welfare system to strengthen its original “contributory principle”, under which the amount people receive in benefits is linked to how much people have paid in.

Allies say the Chancellor is keen to extend “personal responsibility” in the welfare system. The report is being studied by the Downing Street Policy Unit and such reforms could be signalled in the Conservatives’ general election manifesto.

Full story in the Independent

Comments  

#8 Phillip Richards 2014-10-22 13:43
If that is the case with this extra income you will not get any extra as they will be taken off you with the benefit being means tested? Or am I missing something?
+2 #7 LibbyWick 2014-10-20 16:12
I've said it before and I'll say it again ..... National Insurance Contributions! We already pay for our health care/benefits. I worked full time and paid NI for 35 years. Many of those years in pain and sick. I think these self serving politicians think all claimants are stupid and don't realise they have already paid a into "the pot". So frustrating and annoying.
#6 tintack 2014-10-19 17:21
Quoting Paul Richards:
Latest reports (Daily Mail online) indicate that George Osborne wants to stay on in his present position after the 2015 Gen. Election. It was thought that he may transfer to the Foreign Office (to oversee the European Referendum!) but he has denied this, in favour of seeing through all of his 'austerity' measures and his deficit clearance!! :-?
Apparently his hero is no less than Margaret Thatcher!


Which is why he cried at Thatcher's funeral, but appears not to give the remotest semblance of a toss about people less fortunate than him being driven into destitution and even suicide, thanks in no small part to his disastrous policies.
#5 tintack 2014-10-19 17:18
Quoting Paul Richards:
George Osborne should be kicked out of his job for his incompetence, forced to sign on for JSA and then be forced into a low-paid job


And, in the spirit of Freud and Selous, he ought to be grateful for having a job, even a low-paid one. Though I suspect that the intrusion of reality into his pampered existence would prove rather traumatic.
#4 Paul Richards 2014-10-19 12:55
Hi all,
Maybe slightly off topic, but this is still well worth a read.
Yet another Tory minister spouting rubbish about disabled people from his ivory tower, whilst still having his snout in the pig feeding trough of Government salaries, allowances and perks.
David Blunkett also says a thing or two as well!

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disabled-are-grateful-so-work-harder-says-tory-minister-9804276.html
+1 #3 Paul Richards 2014-10-17 21:16
Latest reports (Daily Mail online) indicate that George Osborne wants to stay on in his present position after the 2015 Gen. Election. It was thought that he may transfer to the Foreign Office (to oversee the European Referendum!) but he has denied this, in favour of seeing through all of his 'austerity' measures and his deficit clearance!! :-?
Apparently his hero is no less than Margaret Thatcher!
Let's sincerely hope that they are completely out of power next year and relegated to the opposition benches where they truly belong.
#2 Jim Allison 2014-10-17 16:52
Spending across the range of benefits included in the upcoming welfare cap is expected to fall as a percentage of the economy to 2018/19, an analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility has found.

Publishing its first Welfare trends report, which it was asked to compile after Chancellor George Osborne set the cap in March, the OBR said spending on benefit payments in the cap would equal £119.5bn when the cap comes into effect in 2015/16. This equates to 6.7% of gross domestic product.

Under the plans for the cap – which includes Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Child Benefit but not Housing Benefit or Jobseekers’ Allowance – if payments increase above the OBR’s projections by more than 2%, a vote of Parliament will be needed to authorise the spending.
According to the OBR, spending on the benefits included in the scope of the cap will rise in cash terms to £126.7bn in 2018/19. However, this is predicted to be just 6.2% of GDP.

Full story: Public Finance
+8 #1 Paul Richards 2014-10-16 16:02
George Osborne should be kicked out of his job for his incompetence, forced to sign on for JSA and then be forced into a low-paid job and then be forced to pay £5 a week into his own 'Welfare Fund' - because 'we are all in it together' - the rich bas**rd.

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