Thank you for your recent correspondence. Government Ministers receive a large volume of correspondence and they are unable to respond personally on every occasion. As your correspondence falls within the remit of this department I have been asked to respond.
The welfare reforms aim to restore the integrity of the benefits system. To help communicate this, the Department carries out regular interviews with the national, regional and specialist press to speak directly to those who will be affected.
The Department consciously does not use the language of "scroungers" as it is clear that the system itself has trapped many people in a spiral of welfare dependency. That is why the Government is making such a radical overhaul of the benefits system to ensure everyone who needs help and support receives it.
The Government statistics are regularly updated and freely available for people to access online at http://www.dwp.gov.uk/.