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Is the UK benefits system beyond repair?

It is becoming more and more apparent that a growing number of people in the UK appear to be stuck in the benefits trap whereby their income would reduce if they were in full-time employment. Through no fault of their own they are stuck in a system which has been expanding and growing for many years and which is actually costing the UK taxpayer billions upon billions of pounds. So is the UK benefits system beyond repair?

There is no doubt that work needs to be done on the UK benefits system and David Cameron has expressed a wish to simplify the system and encourage people back into the employment market. However, this will perhaps be his most challenging task because ultimately for every one person who loses out in the short-term regarding their income, that would be one potential less voter in favour of the Conservative party in the future.

There is no doubt that the vast majority of people stuck in the benefits trap are actively looking for work and looking to improve their standard of living, many people have families to care for and bills to pay. It is well known that the UK benefits system is one of the most generous in the world but changes would appear to be afoot, if David Cameron can push them through!

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