Every penny bestowed

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Who said this?:

Every penny bestowed, that tends to render the position of the pauper more eligible than that of the independent labourer is a bounty on indolence and vice.

David Cameron? George Osborne? Ian Duncan Smith?

No, that is a statement included in the 1834 Report of the Royal Commission into the Administration of Poor Relief.

You would have hoped we would made progress since then; that we might have got beyond the culture of the work house. But apparently not. It is the very same sentiment that the Tories now which to revive.