October 5, 2009
ENDING WELFARE AS WE KNEW IT:
Conservatives on 'crusade' to help poorest in society, Michael Gove says (James Kirkup and Robert Winnett, 05 Oct 2009, Daily Telegraph)
[Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary] insisted that the Tories’ “back to work” policies are focussed on narrowing the gap between rich and poor and helping the children of poorer households improve their own circumstances.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2009 5:58 AM
Mr Gove said: “The Conservative Party this week is a party that is on a mission, a crusade to deal with the long-standing issues which have kept 20 to 30 per cent of our people in poverty”
He told GMTV that the Tories would support people whose benefits were cut.
He said: "Crucially, we will invest more in making sure that they have the sorts of skills and job opportunities which will allow them to move from a life on benefits and a life where they don't have the opportunities that work provides into a meaningful and fulfilling job."
The Conservatives have said that within three years of David Cameron being elected, every person on incapacity benefit will be tested to see if they can return to work.
The Conservatives predict that about 400,000 of the 2.6 million people on incapacity benefit are incorrectly claiming the payments.