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BLAIR PROMISES A NEW WELFARE STATE

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Prime minister Tony Blair writes in The Times (p18) of his plans for reforming the welfare system. He states that, ...
Prime minister Tony Blair writes in The Times (p18) of his plans for reforming the welfare system. He states that, in its current state, it is a 'dead end for too many people', and adds: 'I want to clear the way to a new system. The status quo is not an option.'

In his article, Blair makes clear that he plans the boldest benefits overhaul since Beveridge's in 1945. He says he will take£3.5bn from the utilities to tackle structural long-term unemployment. He also announces today's publication of a set of focus files that 'spell out the facts and underline the need for reform'.

He repeats the statistic that each family spends£80 a week on the welfare state; more is spent on social security than on education, employment, health, and law and order combined. He reiterates his belief that: 'Anyone of working age who can work, should work.' This, apparently, includes lone parents and the disabled.

He promises the new welfare state will root out fraud (estimated at£4 billion a year). 'It will be based on a partnership between public and private sectors. It will be about providing services and not just cash.

'That is behind the 'New Deal' welfare to work programme .... The pilots have begun. It will go nationwide in April. It is the key building block of our welfare reform plans for this parliament.'
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