Benefit payments now account for over 30% of all Government spending, yet in 2003 benefits only accounted for about 17% of spending, reports Harris & Co accounting services. The relentless rise in benefit spending has been driven by Gordon Brown"s ill-conceived tax credit system - it paid out benefits to households who income was up to £60000 a year!!! Hardly surprising that now nearly four million adults in the UK have never had a job - more than the entire population of Wales!! Over 200,000 people have "retired" at 65, never having done a days work in their lives. Such a drain on taxpayers is not sustainable in the long term and a radical overhaul of the benefit system is needed if the country is to reduce its debts. Will the new Universal Credit be the answer?