Jeremy Corbyn has expressed his views on Britain’s welfare state at a leadership hustings hosted by the Guardian newspaper.

Mr Corbyn said Britain “should have a bit of a heart” for people living in poverty and those reliant on social security to make ends meet, while criticising the way benefit claimants are portrayed by some sections of the media.

He added that the welfare bill is high because much of it is spent on subsididising low wages for working people and high rents in the private rental sector.


Britain needs to build a society where “nobody is destitute, nobody is sleeping rough and nobody is forced to beg”, said Corbyn.

The hustings was held at the Emmanuel Centre in London and hosted by the Guardian newspaper.

Video provided courtesy of the Guardian.