Hammond, Green, the Work and Pensions Select Committee – even Clegg. All agree that it needs reviewing at least. And not before time.
There are better ways to close the deficits in workplace schemes than shifting the burden to the state and giving employers an unfair advantage.
Sadly, it was not uncommon to see people arrive in court who had stolen in order to get the food that they and their family needed to survive.
Who wrote the chapter in the political rule book where it says you can’t care for folk and be a Tory?
Our failure to fully reimburse policyholders for their losses is undermining faith in our pensions and regulation system.
These organisations have that strong public service ethos – but also employ the entrepreneurialism and commercial discipline of the private sector.
“I think that I’m somebody with a strong grasp of some of the social and economic divisions in our country and with a sense of direction for the future.”
The new Work and Pensions Secretary must reclaim it as a tool for improving living standards, rather than accept its current form as a Treasury-led cost cutting plan.
The notion of long years of post-career idleness is an artefact of a clumsy system. We are living and active for longer, and provision for our dotage must adapt.
Numbers 10 and 11 say that she attacked Duncan Smith without their approval. They can prove it by removing her as Pensions Minister.