Coalition partners turn on the Tories after Chancellor’s tough attack on welfare
George Osborne’s plan to freeze welfare benefit has caused outrage among Lib Dem members of the Coalition government.
The Chancellor used his conference speech to confirm benefits for working age people would be frozen for two years in an attempt to cut welfare spending.
But his move has been roundly criticised – not least by the Liberal Democrats.
One senior Lib Dem source said: “The Liberal Democrats have consistently blocked Conservative attempts to freeze benefits for the working age poor, just as they have blocked our attempts to cut benefits for the wealthiest pensioners.
“Decisions on benefit uprating should be taken at fiscal events and in light of the fiscal circumstances.