The deputy prime minister, speaking with BBC1, gave a warning on the government’s plan to restrict the child benefit to only two elder children.
He said: "Remember this is child benefit that goes to families, many of whom are working. They are working very hard, often on low incomes. My priority is a fair approach to on going fiscal consolidation. If you have to balance the books you mustn't balance the books only on the working-age poor."
He also voiced his differences with the Conservative party government on welfare cuts, immigration and the EU.
When asked about the budget deficit reduction plan, he said that the shortfall on the budget could be recovered by taxing those who are better off.