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The Government would like to restrict benefits to migrants for longer after they arrive. Labour agree in principle.
Labour want jobseekers to make sure they have the qualifications to actually get a job. The Government have a scheme in place.
They both want the system simplified along the lines of the Universal Credit.
All the fighting seems to be over the timing and the implementation of these measures.
Both Iain Duncan Smith and Rachel Reeves know that the electorate care deeply about fairness in the benefits system.
A recent YouGov/Sunday Times poll found that restricting migrants' benefits was the single most popular policy suggested to voters.
So watch out for more tough talk on welfare.
Politicians across the political spectrum are marginalising society's most vulnerable people in their attempts to establish "hard rules" over benefits, a leading campaigner has told ITV News.
Duncan Shrubsole, from homeless charity Crisis, said the Government's current benefits system is "cruel" and "unfair" and its back-to-work programme is not working.
Mr Shrubsole said he welcomed a public debate on benefits, but without attempts to stereotype and scapegoat claimants, the vast majority of whom he said are actively seeking work.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told Daybreak the coalition is united behind plans to prevent unemployed immigrants from claiming housing benefit.
The Liberal Democrat leader said:
Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves is to announce plans for a "basic skills test" for all new benefits claimants.
She is expected to say in a speech this morning:
The Labour party have let the average working man down with their "shameful" policies on benefits, two senior Government ministers have said.
Out-of-work immigrants will not be entitled to housing benefits according to new plans proposed by senior ministers in a national newspaper.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Home Secretary Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the measure would apply from April.
The move to stop access to housing benefit follows legislation rushed through Parliament to prevent migrants from claiming out-of-work benefits until they have been in the country for three months.
The Cabinet ministers said: "No longer can people come here from abroad and expect to get something for nothing."
They said immigration had made a "tremendously rich contribution to our country, both culturally and in terms of the talent it brings - but it must be controlled".