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TREASURY PRINTS RADICAL PLAN TO SLASH THE STATE

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Radical proposals for slashing public spending and privatising the welfare state are being considered by the treasu...
Radical proposals for slashing public spending and privatising the welfare state are being considered by the treasury, reports The Times (p1).

Strategic Considerations for the Treasury 2000 to 2005, a copy of which has been obtained by The Times, looks at a number of measures, including reducing and time-limiting benefits, extending private insurance to cover pensions, sickness and employment, cutting state support for educating the over-16s, and privatising the road system.

The document, which borrows heavily from the political right in America, suggests a post-16 education system of vouchers and loans.

Shadow chancellor Gordon Brown reacted angrily to the disclosure that the treasury had been considering a Republican Party agenda, The Times reports. He said the plan: 'Would amount to nothing more than the demolition of Britain's welfare state.'

The treasury said the document was purely the work of officials and did not represent the government's views.
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