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The truth about welfare

There’s far less “scrounging” than you’d think from the headlines—but we’ll have to work to 70

By Peter Kellner   April 2015

Londoners in a food bank in Lewisham. Photo: PA

Read former cabinet minister David Willetts on what the Coalition got wrong on welfare

There is an economic case for welfare reform. The government shells out more than £200bn a year on pensions, child support, unemployment benefits and help for low-paid, sick and disabled people. If it could make real inroads into that budget, it could reduce the deficit…

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