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The flaws in Flint

Caroline Flint's proposals on social housing ignore two disincentive effects of the British welfare system

By Jennifer Moses   February 2008

Caroline Flint, the new housing minister, has announced plans to oblige council house tenants to seek employment as a condition of their tenancy—the latest in a long line of initiatives designed to get people off welfare and into work. In doing so, she has raised an important issue: the responsibilities that go hand in hand with the rights of benefit claimants. But she is also ignoring two far bigger issues: the huge financial disincentives to move from welfare to work created by the tax credit and benefits system, and the disincentive for people to move home in search of work…

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