Osborne is promising further huge cuts in welfare spending to avoid deeper departmental cuts. While refusing to put a precise number on the size of the welfare cuts, Osborne accepted they would run into "many billions" of pounds.{jcomments on}

The chancellor sees welfare as one of the defining political issues at the next election in 2015, and believes his hard-line approach will create difficulties for the Labour opposition.

This makes it more likely that veiled hints that they will do away with the Work-related activity group in the next parliament will come true.

Source: The Guardian


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