I am sick of hearing about what politicians think, or about what they think the public thinks, or about what the public thinks.
I’m not interested in what people think. I’m interested in what they know and what evidence that knowledge is based on.
I don’t want a minister who thinks it is right to make sure that people in work don’t feel others are getting something they can’t get.
I want a minister who thinks it is right to make sure that people in work or out of work are correctly informed about what the social security system provides.
Ceri, the Sun’s favourite mental health patient, is speaking with DWP staff on Monday about the support that people with mental health conditions need if they are to be able to work.
Cue a series of tweets from a range of people on what is needed. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of suggestions about what can be done, and as many seem to group round a few themes we may reasonably expect most of them to be helpful.
There is a debate continuing around the social security system on whether those who have paid in more should get back more when they need it.
The inverse of this is that those who haven’t paid national contributions get nothing – including those who have not had the opportunity to pay anything. This is where Mr Cameron’s recent proposals for under-25s come in: under-25s have paid in less, therefore should get less leeway.
Policy Exchange brought out a new report, Work Fair?, on 27th September. The Daily Mail reported this as showing that there is "overwhelming support for stricter conditions for the long-term unemployed." However loaded phrases such as 'work for the dole' and 'workfare' may not be appropriate for what Policy Exchange is advocating - which is community or charity based work for those people who are not engaging with support to move into work.