The government has announced plans for every single household to have at least one family member on benefits by 2015. A pilot scheme has been running in parts of the country since the mid 1980s and is expected to be rolled out over the whole country with completion expected by 2015.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith announced the new countrywide initiative, saying ‘the scheme has been highly successful up North and the take up has been phenomenal’.
However, success up North has been countered by anger down South, where many feel they are missing out, and the Government agrees that there is an imbalance across the country. ‘People in the South see people with not only one family member on benefits but, in many cases, two. You can understand the resentment that’s built up over the last 30 years – it’s just unfortunate that there weren’t any mines in Surrey that could be closed down,’ said Duncan-Smith.