Benefit reforms clear Parliament

happy family about benefits

happy family about benefitsAfter all the to-ing and fro-ing between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the Government's plans to reform the benefits system have finally cleared Parliament.

This means the Welfare Reform Bill has at last reached the statute book, with proposals for a universal credit system and plans for a £26,000-a-year household benefit cap included in the legislation.

The Prime Minister welcomed the move, describing it as an "historic step".

David Cameron said: "These reforms will change lives for the better, giving people the help they need, while backing individual responsibility so that they can escape poverty, not be trapped in it.

"Past governments have talked about reform, while watching the benefits bill sky-rocket and generations languish on the dole and dependency. This Government is delivering it."

Vulnerable people will be protected, the PM added, but the reforms should also "make work pay".

He concluded: "It's a fair principle: a family out of work on benefits shouldn't be paid more than the average family in work."

Check out this guide if you want to learn more about the benefits system.