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Benefits culture must be tackled

In the last financial year there were more than 11,000 reports of suspected benefit fraud. So the Department for Social Development's 'one strike and you're out' proposal has to be welcomed.

It should be emphasised, though, that this is just one aspect of the dependency culture here. Recently, it was revealed that only 1 in 25 applicants for employment support is unable to work.

The Government's Welfare Reform Bill aims to encourage people off benefits and into work. Stormont must give it full support.

STEVE McILWRATH

Northern Ireland Conservatives

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