Britain’s coalition government has announced plans for a radical shake-up of the welfare system.
It says actions needs to be taken because “generations are growing up any without hope or aspiration.”
What is more according to Britain’s Work and Pension Secretary billions of euros could be saved each year.
In a speech in London, Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “A simpler system that reduces administration. Those costs that are really high for the taxpayer, reduces those and makes it easier for individuals to get what they are entitled to when they need it without major squabbles or rows or a real sense that they have to jump through 50 hoops.”
Replacing all benefits with a single payment is among the proposals. But the opposition Labour party says the cost of implementing the changes could be as much as five billion euros a year.
Labour’s Work and Pension spokesperson, Yvette Cooper, said: “Unfortunately, the measures that the new government has put in place actually are cutting the number of jobs, increasing the number of people who are on unemployment benefit and increasing the welfare bills as a result.”
Around 1.4 million of Britain’s five million unemployed have been receiving benefits for the last nine years.