Friday, 15 June 2012

Tories: "The poor are to blame..."

Iain Duncan Smith sets out new welfare agenda: blaming poverty on the poor

The cabinet minister argues that the circumstances the poor find themselves in are of their own making; poverty was a result of their own actions rather than due to lack of opportunities.
What Duncan Smith argues is that simply increasing household income though reducing income poverty won't make a big difference to children's "life chances".
The source of child poverty, he says, is "worklessness and welfare dependency, addiction, educational failure, debt or family breakdown".
This is the coalition's real agenda: to show that what were once symptoms are now causes of poverty.

Effective analysis by Randeep Ramesh

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