Means Testing Lunacy

Gordon Brown has spent sums beyond belief in his means testing and other anti-poverty programmes. Despite this astronomic expenditure the programme hardly got off the ground and for some years now has completely stalled. He has been unable to admit this disaster far less learn some lessons. Given that the Labour Party was originally formed to protect and advance the interests of the poor, why it is that this colossal splurge on welfare has achieved so little? It is clear that Brown’s central strategy increasing means-tested child tax credit has actually increased poverty through weakening incentives for parents to work. Tax credit penalises two-parent households and therefore actively seeks to break up the natural social ecology within which children are successfully raised. The way ahead is surely to reverse the disastrous Brown Project by at least making opportunities more equal or better still, actively helping to create a stronger and more responsible society.

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