LABOUR ADMITS IT IS WRONG ON WELFARE PAVING THE WAY FOR GREATER REFORMS – Some newspapers are lauding Labour’s climb down on Welfare Reforms is a humiliating defeat. Personally, while I am not a supporter of the Labour Party I wouldn’t label this humiliating; it would have been more of a humiliation for being blamed for stopping Welfare abuse that costs the taxpayer billion’s each year. Owning up to a mistake clearly shows a sign of maturity and a willingness to open the mind and listen. Still wouldn’t vote for Ed Miliband or the Labour Party but this is certainly a refreshing piece of news.
Considering the clear benefits of the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, welfare reforms over the last couple of months the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, indicated that the Labour Party got it wrong and that the new reforms are showing clear signs that people are going back work instead of scrounging on welfare.
The Labour Party, on the strength of previous results, is now prepared to back the introduction of the new universal ‘credit system, that is designed to reward those who go back to work and even works extra hours in order to support themselves.
Last year the idea of such a scheme was labeled ludicrous and demeaning to those on unemployment benefit however today the view appears to be widely acceptable albeit that a few minor details need to be ironed out.
The Shadow Employment Minister, Stephen Timms also acknowledged that the over idea was sound and sensible in getting people off unemployment and back in the work place.
A pilot scheme was introduced some time ago in Manchester where it required all new claimants to sign up to. The idea is that people can see that they are much better off working and paying taxes rather than staying on unemployment.
Now that Labour is onboard the Work and Pensions Minister is hoping that the scheme can be full rolled out by 2017 and will provide a massive shift in the welfare culture.
What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction to make the unemployed more productive? Do you think the Government should be tougher in restricting unemployment benefits?