- Average worker sees 22.4% of their income tax spent on benefits, not including the state pension
- More than 7% goes on funding interest payments on the nation’s debts
- Tory MP Robert Halfon calls for deeper welfare cuts to fund more help with the rising cost of living, including fuel bills
- Chancellor George Osborne will deliver Budget on March 20
A fifth of income tax goes straight to fund Britain’s vast benefits bill, new figures show as Tory MPs step up their call for more cuts to welfare.
Chancellor George Osborne is coming under Cabinet pressure ahead of this month’s Budget to find more savings from welfare as ministers resist deeper cuts to defence, police and business.
New Treasury figures reveal the average taxpayer now spends more than £1,100 each on benefits, excluding pensions, while a further £370 goes on paying interest on the nation’s debts….