Clegg: Osborne's welfare cuts are 'monumental mistake'

Nick Clegg accused George Osborne of cutting back the state for "ideological reasons". Credit: PA

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Conservatives were making a "monumental mistake" by imposing "cuts for cuts' sake" and trying to place all the burden of deficit reduction on the working-age poor.

"On the right, you've got a Conservative Party now who are driven, it seems to me, by two very clear ideological impulses," Mr Clegg told a Westminster press conference today.

"One is to remorselessly pare back the state, for ideological reasons just cut back the state.

"Secondly, and I think they are making a monumental mistake in doing so, they have said that the only section of society which will bear the burden of further fiscal consolidation are the working-age poor - those dependent on welfare."

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Clegg: Osborne's spending cuts plan a 'monumental mistake'

Benefits for young people are to be targeted by the Chancellor as he seeks to cut £25bn from public spending, including £12bn from welfare. But Nick Clegg said it was a "monumental mistake" to make the working-age poor bear the brunt of the cuts.