Four years ago we inherited a welfare system from Labour that had totally failed.
Labour wrote benefit cheque after benefit cheque – with 1.4 million people spending almost a decade on out-of-work benefits.
That’s why fixing welfare is central to our long-term economic plan. We can’t keep spending money we don’t have on welfare hand-outs, burdening our children with more debt than they could ever hope to repay.
This isn’t just about making the numbers add up – it’s about doing what’s fair and right.
The welfare system must provide a safety net for those in need – but it must also always reward the willingness to work.
That’s why we’ve capped benefits, so no one can claim more than the average family earns by working.
But Labour still haven’t learned their lesson. Ed Miliband would scrap our benefit cap and replace it with a system that could, for example, mean handing up to £54,000 a year in benefits to people living in London.
That’s equivalent to a pre-tax wage of over £80,000 – a slap in the face for the hardworking taxpayers who would pay for it and yet more evidence that Labour still stand for benefits as a lifestyle choice.