Cameron: Welfare reforms giving ‘new hope and new responsibility’
The prime minister has responded to negative comments made about the coalition’s welfare reforms, saying they are part of his government’s moral mission and give people ‘new hope’.
Responding to comments made by the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, that welfare reform is leaving people in ‘destitution’, David Cameron’s opinion article for the Telegraph said he disagreed with the views ‘deeply’.
He spoke about being ‘in the middle of a long and difficult journey of turning this country around’, which means ‘difficult decisions to get our deficit down’.
He also highlighted the decreasing number of workless households, saying: ‘There are more people in work than ever before.’
Mr Cameron said welfare reforms are at the centre of the Conservative Party’s ‘social and moral mission in politics today’ and ’they are about giving new purpose, new opportunity, new hope – and yes new responsibility to the people who had previously been written off as having no chance’.