Armed with this kind of information you can see why Labour has gone welfare bashing with bells on.

Britain backs further welfare cuts

A poll for the Financial Times by Populus has suggested that George Osborne’s plan to make further cuts to Britain’s welfare bill has the support of 75% of voters, who still believe “too much money is being wasted on paying benefits to people who don’t need them”. Of the benefits a future chancellor might cut, there was most support for reducing child benefit, then working-age benefits and finally pensioner benefits such as the winter fuel allowance.

Many of us on the left of British politics have been taken aback by the ruthless way the Labour Party has been approaching welfare cuts, indeed their spokespeople have often tried to give the impression that Labour will cut benefits more than the Tories. This Populus poll certainly shows why they are doing it. They are brazenly chasing votes even though you would have expected the Labour Party to be far more cautious on welfare. People who are concerned about the welfare budget needing to be cut actually vote, people on benefits often don’t. Labour knows this too.

That the welfare budget needs to be brought under control is a given but watching Tories and Labour trying to outbid each other for the prize of who could cut welfare the most is no way to treat the poor in a civilised society.

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.