Blunkett: Welfare state needs reform

    David Blunkett today said the welfare state needs to adapt to
    meet the challenges of the 21st century, writes Clare
    Jerrom.

    The work and pensions secretary said Europe and the United
    States should focus on building routes out of poverty.

    “Work is the best road out of poverty and
    dependence,” said Blunkett. “The welfare system should
    therefore be geared to assisting people of working age out of the
    need to rely on continuing support, as well as being geared to
    provide security and decency for those we would all accept require
    substantial ongoing personal care.”

    He continued that with the right support in place, it would be
    possible to raise employment, skills and productivity and improve
    social inclusion.

    Blunkett is to meet the Labour and Health Secretary of States in
    the United States and Canada to discuss welfare provision.

    The government will publish a green paper on welfare reform
    later this autumn.

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