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LILLEY'S PLAN FOR COUNCILS TO SET WELFARE BENEFITS

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Parts of the social security system could be devolved to councils, social security secretary Peter Lilley has sugge...
Parts of the social security system could be devolved to councils, social security secretary Peter Lilley has suggested, The Independent (p2) and other nationals report.

Promising more cuts in welfare spending on top of the £8bn reduction already forecast, Mr Lilley said, in a speech to the Social Market Foundation: 'Whenever changes are made in future I will consider cautiously whether some greater degree of localisation could bring improvements.'

Labour's Donald Dewar accused him of hinting at a return to a system that had died with the poor law.
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