Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Limits of Welfare

'A welfare state that works is one that encourages independence. That was Beveridge's insight and a test that the welfare state now fails' concludes the leader in the Times this morning.

Opponents to Iain Duncan Smith's proposed £26,000 welfare cap (equivalent to a gross salary of around £35,000) 'are simply a plea to retain a welfare system which has long since slipped clear of the intentions of it's founders.'

The opposition of the bishops comes in for particular criticism having 'managed to avoid both economic reality and popular opinion at the same time. At a time of severe pressure on the public finances, the country is not engaged in a morality play but, even if it were, the bishops have got the morality call wrong.' Ouch.