James Forsyth

Overwhelming public support for Tory welfare policies

Overwhelming public support for Tory welfare policies
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Fraser wrote the other day about how public attitudes seemed to be moving decisively in favour of welfare reform and new poll numbers,flagged up by Conservative Home, back up this argument.  82% back the new Tory policy that those who have been on unemployment benefits for two years should have to do work in the community if they are to continue receiving benefits.  While more than three quarters of voters, 77%, thinks that unemployed people who live where they do could get work if they really wanted it.

It looks like the Tories have a new powerful weapon in their armoury. The key, now, is not to overreach in terms of language. David Cameron and Chris Grayling must strive to sound both compassionate and calm on this issue.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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