Politicians suggest sweeping away the (undoubted) perversities of social security requires nothing more than being bold. Many perversities, though, are inescapable side-effects of funnelling funds to the sick, the unemployed and the otherwise unproductive. No sane government wants to encourage people into these groups, yet providing income to them is essential for fairness - the basic purpose of social security. Mr Purnell rightly rejects the route followed in parts of America where money is simply cut off after a time. But that leaves his reforms turning on a familiar idea - asking claimants to jump extra hoops.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Guardian Editorial: Not quite a revolution