Welfare system ‘does not need overhaul’

Government claims of a ‘broken’ welfare system ‘do not stack up’, according to a leading academic.

Paul Gregg, a professor at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation at the University of Bristol, has refuted government claims that welfare spending is ‘out of control’. Although ministers are right in saying that there has been a real-terms increase in spending over the past ten years, this is a relatively stable figure compared with increases over the past 50 years.

Writing in the university’s Research in Public Policy journal, he says that the introduction of the Universal Credit – which will comprise a single payment for claimants to replace the various benefits given now – will ‘result in a large number of losers even with substantial extra costs to the Treasury’.  It could even lead to a more complex system, he writes.

‘In terms of worklessness leading to a reliance on welfare, the picture is not of a broken system. Rather, it is of a system that has been steadily improving since 1995 but masked by the current recession,’ he says.

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