Posts Tagged “welfare reform”

Well done, Ed Balls. He’s opened up space for a proper welfare debate. Lib Dems now need to claim that space.

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2013

Ed Balls has done us all a favour. His announcement last week that if he were Chancellor he would put a stop to winter fuel allowances for well-off pensioners means Labour has joined the Lib Dems in saying we need to focus the welfare budget where it’s needed most, not keep on re-distributing from the […]

Lib Dem attitudes to poverty and welfare: 3 interesting findings from today’s Joseph Rowntree Foundation report

by Stephen Tall on May 14, 2013

Three interesting findings from today’s report for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) — Public attitudes to poverty and welfare 1983-2011 — carried out by NatCen Social Research, exploring public attitudes to poverty and welfare over the past three decades. 1) Interestingly… Lib Dem supporters are less likely than Labour supporters to believe that people live […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Lib Dems are on the side of reasonable welfare reform, not indiscriminate welfare cuts”

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2012

Nick Clegg’s latest letter has hit my inbox, this week reflecting on his five years as party leader — and in particular how he believes the Lib Dems are “anchoring this government in the centre ground”. The example he uses is one that is likely to dominate politics in 2013: welfare reform. As Nick points […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg on the benefits cap – “Work should always pay”

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2012

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg appeared on BBC1′s Andrew Marr show this morning, and stuck up for the Coalition policy that there should be a £500 a week benefit cap: “It surely can’t be fair, can’t be right, that you can be earning more on benefits than someone going out and earning £35,000, which is […]

Clegg’s role in IDS’s welfare reform plans

by Stephen Tall on October 3, 2010

Mark Pack blogged here on LDV this morning of Promising news on welfare spending as major reforms set for go-ahead, and noted that “Steve Webb’s backing for the policies is a promising sign”. Also crucial, it seems, was Nick Clegg’s role, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Iain Martin: I revealed in the summer that […]