Government to introduce ‘single’ benefit payment, what do you think?

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All out-of-work benefits and tax credits could be scrapped and replaced with a single payment as part of a “radical” shake-up of the welfare system, according to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

One of the options under consideration is to combine elements of the current income-related benefits and tax credit systems, bringing the 50 or so out-of-work and in-work benefits into a single “universal credit”.

We sent our reporters out onto the street to find out what you thought about the introduction of a single benefit payment.

Woman on the Street“I wish this Government would stop simplifying everything, and just bite the bullet and get a Chancellor capable of understanding all the numbers just as they are.”

Jane Williams, Activist

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Man on the Street“A single payment sounds good.  Especially if they push through plans to award it only to people who’ve been out of work for seventy-five years and are accompanied by both parents.”

Tim Taylor, Accountant

Man on the Street“So let me get this straight, under the new system I’ll only have to lie about my circumstances ONCE?  Where’s the catch?”

David Knowles, Cash Operator

Woman on the Street“Well one payment sounds lovely, so long as that one payment is really, really, big.  I’ll admit it’s been a hassle collecting twenty or thirty small ones each week on my way to the bookies.”

Audrey James, Gambler

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