Secretary of state for work and pensions, David Blunkett, has laid out a series of "principles" for the future of the Welfare State which have an increased emphasis on people helping themselves financially.
The “Principles of Welfare Reform”, launched today by the DWP, consists of eight core principles which concentrate on ways of keeping people into work and off welfare through "self-reiance".
Blunkett says the DWP aims to address the root causes of poverty and to help people to help themselves rather than relying on the welfare state as a ‘safety net’, based on the belief social progress and economic prosperity go hand in hand.
“It is because work is the best route out of welfare that we are committed to reforming the welfare state to meet today’s challenge of inactivity," says Blunkett.
"These principles are about liberating; about empowering; about balancing rights and responsibilities so that we transform the welfare state from being a safety net to a ladder out of poverty. We will provide support, nationally and locally, to help everyone fulfil their potential. Work for those who can, care for those who can’t. We want people to face the future with confidence, not apprehension.”
The eight core principles set out in the principles of welfare reform are:
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