Yesterday the Chancellor announced the Conservatives will freeze working age benefits for two years from April 2016.
We need a welfare system that is fair to those who need it, and fair to the taxpayers who pay for it. And the fairest way to reduce welfare bills is to make sure that benefits are not rising faster than wages.
So under a Conservative Government all working age benefits in Britain will be frozen for two years – which will also save £3.2 billion a year and help us in eliminating the deficit.
The freeze will apply to most of the benefits that are currently capped at a 1 per cent increase, but including housing benefit and excluding some smaller benefits such as statutory maternity pay.
Disability benefits and pensioner benefits are also excluded and will rise in line with inflation.
This is the choice Britain needs to make to protect our economic stability and to secure a better future.