According to the Conservative Party website the Conservative Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
Our welfare policy paper sets out a radical programme of reform that will provide ladders of opportunity for millions of British people. It will be the biggest shake-up of the welfare state for 60 years:
* Every claimant potentially able to work will be engaged in welfare to work activities aimed at helping them back into work as quickly as possible
* For those unable to find work there’ll be long-term community projects to help them get back into a working environment
* Those not willing to take part will face tough sanctions
Our welfare programme will be delivered by private and voluntary providers, who will only be paid when someone gets and keeps a job.
Combined with our commitment to end the couple penalty in the tax credits system, our radical welfare plans will help lift almost half a million children out of poverty.
Conservative Party Welfare and Pensions Policy :http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Where_we_stand/Welfare_and_Pensions.aspx
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Conservative’s Welfare and Pensions policies in the comments below?