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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Labour produce their own welfare reforms

So, as a supporter of the coalition government and a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have endured four years of abuse from Labour members about the need to reform welfare payments, on an agenda that they started and where we have moderated and blocked more extreme proposals from the Tories. And then along comes Ed Miliband and announces that he is going to do the same after all.

The Guardian reports that the Labour leader's first plans for cuts to the welfare system will involve ending out-of-work benefits for roughly 100,000 18-to-21-year-olds and replacing them with a less costly means-tested payment dependent on training.

Targetting young people in this way may not be the best way of introducing the sort of compassionate society some Labour members claim to represent.
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