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Government considers benefit reform
Iain Duncan Smith has defended changes to the payment of benefits
The Government is reportedly considering linking hikes in benefit payments to average pay rather than inflation.
The automatic uprating could be axed and welfare payments frozen for two years, with any increases then linked to average pay, according to BBC Newsnight.
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman said any changes to how benefits hikes are calculated will be looked at by the Government later this year.
The claims come as Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith insisted shifting to monthly benefit payments would help the poorest as he dismissed claims the move will push low-income families into debt.
He told MPs the new Universal Credit had been designed for the majority but would also help longer-term claimants by weaning them off fortnightly payments before they return to work.
The Tory minister also defended moves to encourage claimants who have limited internet skills to apply online, arguing it would be a "very good opportunity to get these people back into the 21st century".
MPs on the Work and Pensions committee were also told that waiters, hairdressers and any other worker that receives tips will have to declare them if they claim the new benefit. "Tips are counted as income," welfare reform minister Lord Freud said.
Under the Universal Credit there will be one single monthly benefit payment - rather than weekly or fortnightly as at present - and social tenants will have to pay landlords themselves.
In a report on Monday, the Social Market Foundation think-tank raised fears that the poorest households would face further financial difficulties by changes to monthly payments. It said attempts as part of the new Universal Credit system to encourage claimants to budget properly and make their own rental payments risk "backfiring".
But Mr Duncan Smith, who refused to move to another Cabinet brief in the recent reshuffle, said the current system was set around the "problems of a minority" while the majority of people went into the benefit system through temporary job loss. Most of those had been paid monthly, he added.
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Yes let's base all workers income on what MP's receive,their expenses should be classed as income, does the ordinary man,or woman, get expenses paid for travel, food, entertaining, rent etc. do we get a massive pension for a few years work, do we get several months paid holiday?
These obnoxious, arrogant, greedy, lying, insulting people who are supposed to represent us all, once in power, just look after themselves.
I just hope you all remember what a disaster these people have created next election time , it won't be long before they open the "goodie" cupboard to lure you to vote them in again,Thatcher was a wicked tyrant but nothing compared to this bunch of evil crooks.
These fookers,,,,,,,are,,,,,,making our country a third world one!! But please, keep going,,,,But make sure you look after every bugger else,,,,IE other countries,,,,,,,,,Forget about the people, in this country, some of which cannot even make ends meet,,,,,,fortnightly,,,,,never mind monthly. You lot are really good, at, demeaning people,,,,,,,,,,Did you think this all up, sitting in your private club,,,,Having a dram, and smoking a cigar?,,,,,Whilst the real workers in this country, have to stand outside for a smoke!!!!.
What an embarresment you all are.......Bring back another Cromwell.
those who are complaining remember get your own back and do NOT VOTE for TORIES or LIB DEMS inthe next ELECTION
so he considering linking future increases in peoples benefits to that of average pay, Not being on benefits myself, and not having had a pay increase now for almost 3 years (and I am not the only one who is working experiencing this) I get the feeling this is another ploy by this creature of a man to stir up contempt against the people who through no fault of their own find themselves living on benefit.
He should resign, god even his boss wanted him to move.
immigration , stop payments to gypsies' who come here to sponge off our benefits
send poles home , give the jobs to our own people
There are Skivers and Dodgers at both ends of the spectrum, rather than just go after the easy ones and alienate innocents at the same time why not go after those at the top as well. We see stories about the odd case but there is no real visible effort being made to go after those skipping out at the top.
they will save a lot of money if they STOP immigrants coming here just for benifits and state handouts , this government should be seeking to look after the pensioners who have paid into the system for years are not getting a fair deal because we listern to the EU its not the bloody EU thats paying these immigrants and giving them first class housing for nothing
so come on the government get you fingers out and listern to the people THAT PAY YUR WAGES ( we put you in and we can put you out )
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