Clegg: Cut welfare for rich first
With Chancellor George Osborne due to announce the results of the 2015/16 spending review to MPs on June 26, the Department for Work and Pensions is yet to finalise its settlement.
The Deputy Prime Minister said he accepted the axe would again have to fall on benefits spending - but warned the Liberal Democrat wing of the coalition would not allow the poorest to be targeted first.
He said while pensioner benefits such as the universal winter fuel allowance and free TV licenses would not be touched before the General Election because of the Coalition Agreement pledge, much of the spending review period fell after polling day.
"Yes, we need welfare reform. We have already made, with my full support, significant savings to welfare.
"But if you're going to make further welfare savings, which I am prepared to look at, then you've got to start at the top, you've got to start with welfare for the wealthy, benefits paid to the rich and the retired."
The Labour Party announced earlier this month it would strip the wealthiest pensioners of the winter fuel allowance if it wins the 2015 General Election.
And speaking last weekend, shadow chancellor Ed Balls said he planned to include pension spending inside Labour's proposal for a welfare cap - adding later that the party was committed to the coalition's "triple lock" pension increase reforms.
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