Benefit reforms will cut workless households by 300,000

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has claimed that the Coalition Government’s welfare reforms will lead to 300,000 less workless households within three years of their implementation.

The reforms, including work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘universal credit system’, are part of the biggest shake up of Britain’s welfare system since World War II.

Mr Clegg argued that the universal credit system will remove the “artificial disincentives to work” that, for many people, make part time work less profitable than staying on benefits.

Mr Clegg said: “It must always be worth working, even for a few hours a week.”

The universal credit system is based on the US benefit system, and will merge several benefit types into a single credit.

According to Mr Clegg, the new system will provide “a hand up, not a handout.”

Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, is dedicated to helping those facing worklessness and welfare dependency turn their lives around.

Recycling Lives provides opportunities for people facing an uncertain future through accommodation, education, training and work experience.

The Recycling Lives programme creates skilled, confident employees with a strong work ethic.

So far, 100 per cent of individuals who have completed the programme have achieved full time employment and independent living.

Recycling Lives Founder and Chairman, Steven Jackson, said: “The Coalition Government has made it a top priority to reform Britain’s welfare system, and Recycling Lives is perfectly placed to be a part of the solution.

“Too many individuals and families are surviving on welfare benefits, and it is vital we do everything we can to help them get into work.”