Rachel Reeves MP

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

The big choice for British people on social security

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Rachel has written for Labour List this month on the big choice for the British people on social security, detailing how a Labour government would do things differently to the Tories, by getting more people into work and creating better paid and more secure jobs to tackle the root causes of rising welfare bills.

Below is an extract and you can read the full article on Labour List by clicking here.

 

The Tories have poured millions of pounds down the drain on failing programmes from the delayed £12.8 billion Universal Credit to the Youth Contract which was scrapped last month.

And the Tories have failed to tackle waste with billions of pounds lost every year to benefit fraud and error and are set to miss their own targets.

So what would another five years of David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith would mean for Britain’s social security system?

Five more years of rising numbers of people stuck in low paid jobs relying on housing benefit and tax credits to make ends meet costing taxpayers billions of pounds. And five more years of waste with billions lost to fraud and millions written off on failing projects like Universal Credit.

It’s clearly time for a new approach.

A Labour government will control social security spending by getting more people into work and creating better paid and more secure jobs to tackle the root causes of rising welfare bills.

We’ll do that by making work pay with an increase to the National Minimum Wage and Living Wage Contracts to encourage more employers to pay a living wage. We will tackle rising housing benefit spending by getting 200,000 homes a year built by 2020 following the government’s failure to deliver the affordable housing our country desperately needs. We will introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get the unemployed off benefits and into work. And we will get a grip of Iain Duncan Smith’s shambolic handling of Universal Credit and disability benefits from Employment Support Allowance to Personal Independence Payments which threaten to breach the government’s welfare cap.

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