Welfare reform plans debated

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GOVERNMENT plans to change employment rights and alter benefits payments are being debated in Sheffield.

Chancellor George Osborne has announced proposals which would see employees awarded shares in companies worth thousands of pounds in return for agreeing to give up some employment rights.

He also announced a £10 billion cut in the annual £200 billion benefits bill.

Jon Ashe, Sheffield Green Party’s employment spokesman, said: “New kinds of employment arrangements may sound attractive for certain workers.

“But recent government employment proposals have tended to favour companies rather than workers. These new arrangements need examining very carefully.”

Welfare reform is being discussed by experts and members of the public at the The Social Economy Forum, which is meeting tomorrow at South Yorkshire Housing Association, Wellington Street, city centre.

n Email Jenna Selwood at Sheffield Chamber on jenna.selwood@scci.org.uk to book a place.