Privatising welfare… November 18, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Seeing as the US situation was mentioned last night…
In a speech this morning Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, announced that jobseekers who are homeless or suffer from a mental health condition will now be able to access hardship payments immediately if they receive a benefit sanction.
This came in a wide-ranging speech in which Green also set out some general thoughts on the future of welfare. The most interesting passage came when he said he wanted a “welfare system”, not just a “welfare state”, because the government should not be the sole provider of welfare. He told the Reform thinktank.
A welfare state is not enough—we need a welfare system, involving many players – health professionals, employers large and small, a whole range of voluntary organisations …
A welfare state, is not enough for today’s world. What we need is an entire system of welfare.
The government is a necessary, but not sufficient provider of welfare. It can, and does, act as the guarantor of fairness within the welfare system to set the rules. It can also provide the backbone of the assistance system through more than 700 Jobcentre Plus Offices.
What it must not try to do is assume that it can provide all the help necessary. To achieve a successful welfare system in the 21st century you need to give more decision-making power to individuals…
By the way, is it just me or does John McDonnell in particular seem an increasingly impressive figure? I’ve got some admiration for how he is moving forward. It’s heartening to see the Corbyn team and Corbyn himself growing into their roles.