Welfare Reform Bill

Date: Thu 3rd March 2011

The Welfare Bill is seeking passage through Parliament.  This will have huge benefits for those who are unemployed and stuck on benefits in Dartford.  It will get people in to work and will reform the welfare system to ensure that work always pays and no one can say they are better off on benefits.

If you’re long term unemployed and refuse to take either a reasonable job or to do some work in your community in return for your unemployment benefit, you will lose your benefits for three months. Do it again, you’ll lose it for six months. Refuse a third time and you’ll lose your unemployment benefits for three years.

If you’re long term unemployed and refuse to take either a reasonable job or to do some work in your community in return for your unemployment benefit, you will lose your benefits for three months. Do it again, you’ll lose it for six months. Refuse a third time and you’ll lose your unemployment benefits for three years.

We want to ensure that the welfare state acts as a safety net for those who have fallen on hard times and not as a way of life for those who either don’t want to work or who would be worse off accepting a job.

We will ensure fairness for taxpayers by introducing an annual cap, ensuring no family can get more in benefits than the average family earns by going out to work. And we will ensure there will be no more cases of families getting over £100,000 in Housing Benefit by capping it at £400 per week.

The current welfare system has left almost two million children living in workless households and generations trapped in poverty and dependency. This cannot continue.