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The Daily Telegraph (p1) marks the first day of the Labour party conference with the government's pledge to equip e...
The Daily Telegraph (p1) marks the first day of the Labour party conference with the government's pledge to equip everyone so that they can get a job in the 21st century. Effectively, the paper comments, the government has committed itself to getting one million people back to work. Reform of the welfare state is central to the strategy; as is a new starting rate of tax. Tax credits will be examined for those on low wage packets.

Chancellor Gordon Brown is expected to reaffirm the government's commitment to a national minimum wage. He will say: 'My first budget delivered tax cuts for investment and fairness. Future budgets will deliver tax cuts for jobs and fairness.'

Meanwhile, The Guardian (p1) warns of a possible revolt of Labour education lobbyists and Prime Minister Tony Blair's plans to pacify them with a speech tomorrow. Blair will reveal that the government has levered more money than it anticipated from the private sector under its public/private partnership initiative. Some 4,000 schools will benefit from the first o100 million-plus tranche of the o1.3 billion sum announced in Brown's July budget.

Ministers will offer activists the prospect of more money for public services, the Guardian predicts, while reassuring Middle England that they are raising it from the private sector.

Another potential rebellion, this time over the package of internal reforms known as Party into Power, was apparently nipped in the bud when union delegates last night agreed to back the bulk of the controversial proposals.
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