Ministers can make the system more generous, easier to access, and contributory – but must rediscover their appetite for reform.
There is a danger, not to mention an irony, in a conservatism that views a mother, carer, or retiree as just an inactive worker.
The claim that nothing has been achieved springs from the same lack of seriousness — and is simply untrue.
We need our Conservative government to do what it does best: provide a path to prosperity and empower people to get back to work.
I would break this down into three broad and interconnected areas. How do we improve accountability? How do we embrace new technology? And how do we allocate resources more effectively?
Rolling out free school meals to every child from a family on Universal Credit will lead to healthier and more attentive pupils.
For every new Universal Credit Claimant without enough savings to cover the five-week wait, we should start paying benefits at the same frequency as they were being paid in their previous job.
There is strong Conservative support for a robust safety net to save the most vulnerable from destitution.
More than anything else, the one thing that seems to unite governmental successes listed here has been Ministers taking a laser like focus on delivery.
Above all, to what extent will he present a clear plan and message? My starter for ten is “help hard-working people and go for more growth”.
A key economic problem during the 1980s was union power. Now it is weak incentives to move and retrain.
The criticism of him in the newspaper most read by Party activists took little account of the effects of war and pandemic on the choices he must make.