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GOVERNMENT BACKS FIELD'S SOCIAL SECURITY PLANS

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The Financial Times (September 27, p6) reported that Downing Street has backed welfare reform minister Frank Field'...
The Financial Times (September 27, p6) reported that Downing Street has backed welfare reform minister Frank Field's plans for a radical shake up of the welfare state, after rumours that his proposals had been blocked by secretary of state for social security, Harriet Harman.

Mr Field's green paper, which is understood to include proposals for compulsory private second pensions and a health tax to fund the NHS.

Mr Field's plans, said the paper, are designed to move away from means testing by increasing the role of social insurance for unemployment benefit and pensions.
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