Another sensible Idea, people up North are on far too much benefit...unfortunatley the Cunts will move darn souff...! Newcastle women will become cheaper to take out, Middlesborough would just become a waste land.....oops, it already is! A series of suggestions designed to build an opportunity society have been outlined in a report by senior Tories, reports the Sunday Telegraph. It examined how to make people more employable, reform the welfare system and support families. The proposals include paying lower benefits in the North and other parts of the country where living costs are less, axing the retirement age and lengthening the school day by up to three hours. The report was put together by members of the 2020 Group, made up of 70 Tory MPs including cabinet ministers such as education secretary Michael Gove as well as rising party stars. The group asked by Chancellor George Osborne last year to draw up policies for the Tories 2015 general election manifesto. Energy minister Greg Barker, who oversaw the report, said it was a blueprint for that document. A cruel and stupid idea? Speaking to MSN News, former Labour cabinet member Nick Brown criticised the idea of lower benefits for Northerners. Amongst the many problems that the northern regions face are poverty and unemployment. Benefit cuts wont help. What the northern regions need are a strengthened employment base. People want to work. We havent got the jobs, he said. Mr Brown, a Newcastle MP and former minister for the North East, described the proposal as cruel and stupid. Its difficult enough to survive on what is paid now, said the Labour MP. He said the best model to boosting jobs in the north was the system created by Labour of regional development agencies and regional ministers working with councils and the private sector. Mr Osborne has already sparked a backlash over proposals to vary public sector pay rates around the country. Neil Foster, policy and campaigns officer for the Northern TUC, said: "Despite losing the battle over regional pay for public sector workers, it seems a hardcore group of Conservatives seem hell-bent on further discrimination against the north."