It is the absence of this second plank in the Labour Party's strategy which makes its policy paper so disappointing. This is the wider significance of the Party's refusal to commit itself to abolition of the Jobseeker's Allowance, despite its own recognition that it "has fundamentally undermined the insurance principle".
If successful, the Labour Party's welfare to work strategy could mean a real reduction in the numbers living in poverty. But the work has to be there and, as you note, at a decent wage. Moreover, the strategy will take time. Welfare to work therefore has to be complemented by other reforms which will address the inadequacies of the social security system for those of working age who remain on benefit.
Professor of Social Policy
Department of Social Sciences
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