Labour launches review of future challenges for welfare state

Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, today announced details of Labour’s review of future challenges for the welfare state. This working group will inform the wider economic policy review coordinated by Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

The Shadow Work and Pensions review will cover:

• How Britain returns to full employment in every part of Britain by renewing the opportunity – and obligation – to work if you can. 

• How Britain strengthens the ‘something for something’ deal at the heart of the welfare state, and helps working families, especially the squeezed middle get on in their careers, and manage family pressures like child-care.

• How Britain ensures fairness for those in older age with simpler, fairer ways of rewarding saving for the long-term.

A wide range of experts and politicians have agreed to advise Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions team, on an independent and non-partisan basis.

Liam Byrne said: 

“Getting people back to work is the only way we can afford the investment we need in making Britain more competitive on the international stage and a stronger society here at home. That’s why we’re asking - how do we achieve full employment once again, in every corner of our country?

“The welfare state has to change in the years ahead. It has to be affordable on the one hand, and fairer on the other. We need a stronger sense that it is a something for something deal, where we support those in need, but where what you get out reflects what you put in.

“Crucially, the welfare state has to help Britain move out of ‘steady state’ to become a more dynamic country. The welfare state should be what helps people move beyond the status quo, out of limbo and on and up in life.”