The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has been at the core of a major debate on Britain’s benefits system – making the point that in recent years welfare has become a default for topping-up incomes and offsetting rising living costs.
This week MPs voted in favour of an annual benefits cap of one per cent for three years. For the last four years benefits have risen at a higher rate than average wages.
The CSJ took part in a series of national media debates where Managing Director Christian Guy said that it is important the welfare system protects vulnerable people while supporting those who can work back into employment.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, he called for an “all-out national effort” to transform the current system that traps people in dependency and creates a culture where welfare is a way of life.
On BBC Newsnight, Christian said the welfare system has grown so rapidly that according to Government figures nine in 10 families qualified for some kind of support.
The CSJ also took part in debates on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours show, BBC News 24 and BBC London.