THE new Chancellor of the Exchequer has grabbed the reins of Britain’s spiralling welfare debt in a bid to wipe out worklessness.
In George Osborne’s emergency budget this week, he told Members of Parliament that the country’s benefits bill had risen by 45 per cent in a decade and that left unchecked it would soak up £192bn of the nation’s income by 2015.
The Chancellor said the coalition government would present a bill in the autumn that would reshape the current benefits system and encourage more people back into work.
Osborne’s tough approach has come after a government report, The State of the Nation, found that an increasing number of people were living on “out-of-work” benefits and that a greater proportion of children in the UK were growing up in “worklessness” than anywhere else in Europe.
Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, has proven that it can actively break the cycle of worklessness and offer those people facing an uncertain future the opportunity to become valuable, contributing members of society; through education, training and work experience.
Recycling Lives offers disadvantaged members of society including the homeless, welfare dependent, educationally disadvantaged, workless and the socially excluded an opportunity to become skilled, with a strong work ethic and experience in the working world.
It actively cuts the amount of people claiming benefits, while creating a lifelong learning culture amongst its Residents and employees with its in-house education provider SEE (Social Enterprise Education) and affiliations with local colleges and universities.
Recycling Lives is without doubt a big thing waiting to happen; it addresses key government agendas, outlined by the Regional Development Agencies and the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government, with a single solution.
It fulfils these objectives by supporting growing businesses, developing a skilled workforce, building communities, improving infrastructure, enhancing quality of life, sustaining development, creating ‘Green’ jobs, improving the environment, stimulating economic growth and encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility.
Osborne also focused his budget on middle-class entitlements and rising housing benefits which costs £21bn; more than the amount of public money spent on the Police and universities combined.
The reforms which will limit housing benefit aims to create a saving of £1.8bn in this parliament alone.
A 2010 winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development, Recycling Lives intends to roll out a national and international development programme, with 10 new centres earmarked for the Northwest in the next two years, with the help of government funding pots.
Recycling Lives Chairman and Founder Steven Jackson said: “The new budget will affect the funding available for the Recycling Lives expansion programme; however we remain positive that investment into the Recycling Lives concept will assist the government in delivering every point in its mandate.
“Recycling Lives can help bolster supported housing while offering opportunities that get real people back into real jobs; ending worklessness and cutting welfare dependency, desires outlined by the new coalition government.”