Tomorrow is an important day at Westminster with Iain Duncan Smith launching his Welfare White Paper. This is a new approach designed to help the long term unemployed into work with a personalised package of job search, training and employment support. There will also be a new benefits’ system with a promise that in future work will pay and a person will always be better off in work.
Over the last 13 years we have seen jobs created, but the number of people without work has not improved in line. There are 3 million workless households where no one of working age actually works. It is vital to people’s lives to have the structure and dignity which work brings. It is important that young people should not be brought up in a world of dependency.
This is a once in a generation attempt to tackle one of the major problems of our time.