Iain Duncan Smith “Does not Know Where Welfare Cuts will Come from”. Vote Him Out!
Iain Duncan Smith admits the Tories have not worked out where their £12bn welfare cuts will come from.
The Conservatives have not worked out where their planned £12bn welfare cuts will come from, Iain Duncan Smith has admitted.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said the Tories had not “done the work” and were not in a position to say which benefits would be curtailed.
Asked why he could not disclose the cuts, he said: “We would have to have done the work on it. That’s why. We would have had to reach agreement as to exactly where those are… as soon as we’ve done the work and had it modelled we’ll let everybody know what that is.”
In March of this year the Institute for Fiscal Studies challenges the Conservatives over their planned cuts and said the Chancellor should spell out exactly which benefits would suffer.
“But it is now almost two years since he announced his intention of cutting welfare spending by £12bn. Since then the main announcement has been the plan not to cut anything from the main pensioner benefits,” Paul Johnson, the Institute’s Director, said.
“We have been told about no more than £2bn of the planned cuts to working-age benefits. And, remember, apparently the ‘plan’ is to have those £12bn of cuts in place by 2017-18. It is time we knew more about what they might actually involve.”
The New Statesman provides the detailed transcript of what he said,
N: Let me come – speaking of a benefits and welfare, let me come back to you IDS. Now in March you said that you are – I quote you: ‘May or may not decide that it’s relevant to reveal to the British electorate where the £12bn of welfare cuts are going to come from in the next government’ if you win. Why don’t think it’s relevant that we should know?
IDS: Because we’d have to have done the work on it, that’s why and we’d have had to reached agreement as to exactly where those are. We’ve let know – the public know exactly one area which was that we’re going to freeze those benefits. That’s going to save between 2 and 3 three billion pounds and also –
AN: About £2bn now with low inflation.
IDS: – and we’re going to lower the cap to £23,000 which is average earnings. But as I said on the Marr programme more recently I said, you know, as soon as we have done the work and had it properly modelled then we will let everybody know what that is.
AN: Shouldn’t you have done the work before you come to the British people to ask for re-election?
IDS: Yes, but the key area here of course –
IDS: no, well okay, but the key area here is that everyone is very clear that after the next election, if you get a Conservative government we have already said that we will save £12bn from essentially working age benefits and we’ve said that. That’s very clear. But I have locked out –
SW: What I don’t understand is … what you won’t cut. If you’re clear you won’t cut pensions, child benefit, disablement benefit.
RR: Well he hasn’t completely about child benefit.
SW: Then why can’t you be clear about what you will cut?
IDS: Well because, as I said, the work that we do on this will be done in the spending room, we will announce that out at the time.
Now we already have
- The Benefit Cap.
- The Bedroom Tax.
- No rise in many benefits to meet growing cost of living.
- Obligation to pay Council Tax percentage by all claimants.
- Massive sanctions.
In the offing are (Guardian): “abolishing statutory maternity pay and barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit. ”
• Getting employers to contribute more to the cost of statutory maternity pay – or as an alternative abolishing it entirely.
• Freezing benefit payments at current levels across the board.
• Limiting welfare payments by family size.
• Forcing single parents on income support to seek work when their youngest child reaches the age of three (currently five).
• Making it harder for sick people to claim state aid when they are out of work by introducing “stricter” fit-for-work tests and/or tighter limits on eligibility.
• Increasing the bedroom tax on certain categories of renters.
• Barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit.
They could simply cut JSA…..
I bet they’d like to.
So we’d all be begging charity from Foodbanks and the ‘Big Society’.
Vote to get rid of this crew!
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