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– Miliband will reward those who work

We will reward those who work

In his speech at Labour’s party’s conference, Ed Miliband reaffirmed the founding principles of the welfare state in his plan to reward those who work. Miliband wants to give priority to workers over the jobless for social housing. This follows on from his speech in June where he promised that Labour would be “a party that rewards contribution, not worklessness.”


 “The hard truth is that we still have a system where reward for work is not high enough, where benefits are too easy to come by for those who abuse the system and don’t work for those who do the right thing.” His ambition is for the entire country to emulate the Manchester model: “Our first duty should be to help the person who shows responsibility, and I say every council should recognise the contribution people are making.”

However, his bid to put the contributory principle back at the heart of the welfare state hasn’t been welcomed by all on the left, with some viewing it as a reassertion of the distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor.


Amanda Frewin

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