Osborne’s Bombshell: Chancellor declares war on middle-class welfare
By Andrew Grice
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Big cuts in the £170bn-a-year social security budget will be sought by the Government as it launches a fundamental review of all public spending to reduce Britain’s £156bn deficit.
Universal handouts such as child benefit could be means-tested for the first time and halted for the middle classes and the rich. The review is expected to consider the level and scope of benefits for the jobless, sick and disabled – including the option of freezing them temporarily.
Such moves would be highly controversial and would call into question the Liberal-Conservative coalition’s promises to protect the poor and most vulnerable in society, and could anger many people who voted Liberal Democrat in last month’s election.