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Rebuilding Beveridge

Our welfare system undermines the value of hard work

By Frank Field   October 2012

Protestors in Trafalgar Square (© Jess Hurd/

The longer parties are in power the greater the difficulty they have in breaking free from their time in government—and their former policies—once they occupy the opposition benches. This rule is playing out with a particular vengeance in Labour’s welfare reform programme. Disengaging from the past is not made easier for Labour by the  way that the coalition government has copied their welfare approach, tooth and claw.

Such a disengagement is crucial, though, if Labour is to become an effective opposition. It must…

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