Britain's Osborne defends welfare cuts after church attacks
LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's government on Monday defended a raft of new welfare spending cuts, a key plank of efforts to rein in spending as the economy flounders, after church leaders attacked the changes as unjust.
Finance minister George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith labelled opponents of their plan as "shrill", and insisted it would lead to a fairer benefits system and encourage more Britons to work.
"Of course, if you listened to the shrill voices of the Left you'd think that every change to the welfare system, and any attempt to save money, marks the beginning of the end of the world," Mr Osborne and Duncan Smith wrote in an article published in Britain's Telegraph newspaper.
"We are just restoring the original principles of the welfare state: that those who can work must work, and a life on benefits must not be more attractive than working," they added.