HC Deb 20 February 1995 vol 255 c69W
6. Mr. Hayes

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are his objectives for the delivery of social security benefits.

Mr. Lilley

My principal objectives are:

  • to focus benefits on the most needy
  • to improve incentives to work and to save
  • to encourage personal responsibility
  • to bear down on fraud and abuse
  • and to ensure that the system does not outstrip the nation's ability to pay.