Cost of living must be tackled to improve welfare

Ryan Bourne appears on BBC Radio London

IEA Head of Public Policy Ryan Bourne appeared on BBC Radio London discussing the comments on welfare reform given by the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols. He argued that if people do not have enough to spend on basics despite £94 Billion pounds on working age benefits, then that constitutes as a failure of the welfare state and not a reason to expand it. Furthermore, he commented that the hurt felt by current reforms reflects the complexity of the current welfare system and the need to make it simpler through radical reform.

Ryan also proposed various ways to ease the cost of living including de-regulation of the energy market to reduce energy costs and the need to relax planning laws to allow more houses to be built resulting in cheaper rents. 

You can listen to the full programme here. Ryan's segment begins at 1:18:43.