I think the coalition government should abolish the rules on the number of working hours for tax credit claimants.   It would encourage many more people to work and reduce the size of the black market economy.  Many people at the moment can only find part time work and it is difficult for them to accept working hours of less than 15 hours which traps them into not working at all and a lifetime on benefits

It would also enable the housing benefit system to be reduced and used by fewer users as it would only support people on n Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support.  People working should be supported by the tax credit system instead.  At the moment the housing benefit and council benefits is their safety net and the system is very laborious and many people are simply falling through the net. 

This would save large amounts of money for all local governments and allow the administrative burden to be lifted causing savings across the board. 

Why does this idea matter?

Cost Savings and ease of Usage for Claimants

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