Research proves that more people will be helped back into work when families have benefits slashed under a welfare cap, claims Iain Duncan Smith.
The amount households can claim in handouts for housing and living costs will be cut from £26,000 to £23,000 a year if the Conservatives win the next election.
A study for the Work and Pensions Secretary found that 41 per cent of people who had their benefits capped at £500 a week were more likely to find a job.
Nearly a third were doing more to find work, a third put in more applications and one in five went to more interviews.
More than three-quarters of those questioned in February who said they intended to seek work had found a job within six months, the research shows.
Mr Duncan Smith, said: “We now have clear evidence of the positive impact of the benefit cap and I expect even more people will move off benefits and into work when the cap is lowered. Labour are committed to scrapping the cap and returning us to the days of unjustified benefit handouts of up to £54,000 a year, equal to a pre-tax wage of over £80,000.”
More than 12,000 households have taken up jobs or stopped claiming housing benefit, saving taxpayers £85million last year alone.
The households are among the 52,000 that have had benefits capped at £500 a week for couples or single parents and £350 a week for childless single adults since new rules were introduced in April 2013.
Hundreds of families were pocketing handouts equal to a salary of £60,000 a year and 59 households were claiming at least £900 a week, equivalent to almost £70,000 before tax.
Not bad Iain, commissioning research you know will enable you to blow your own trumpet!