September 16, 2009
TRADE YOU OUR CLINTONISM FOR YOUR THATCHERISM?:
Iain Duncan Smith urges reform to get jobless into work: Report suggests radical simplification of the welfare system (New Statesman, 9/16/09)
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has recommended sweeping reforms of the welfare system, that could eventually move more than half a million households from benefits into work. [...]Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2009 7:39 AM
Duncan Smith claimed that, if implemented, his proposals would be the most radical changes since the 1942 Beveridge report established the welfare state.
In his preface to the report, he said: "This review marks a watershed for Britain's benefits system. The recommendations hold to the simple principle that work is the sustainable route out of poverty.
"We believe the group's success in devising a system, which smoothes out the participation and marginal tax rates so that there is no financial disincentive to work, should be taken seriously by members of every political party."