The Spring Statement must not focus on the ‘squeezed middle’ to the exclusion of those at risk of genuine poverty.
If not we risk failing to empower people to train or upskill for good jobs, and losing the economic growth our nation needs.
Lords and Commons approval would give negotiators an additional argument to support their objectives.
Half of all food bank users are disabled, and we know that appropriate, secure, properly-paid work is the best route out of poverty.
Ministers are likely to find a stake valuable – and may find it useful for targeted infrastructure spending.