Fixing broken Britain

Civitas

This report looks at changes to the working age welfare system since 2010.

It lauds the success of welfare to work strategies in reducing the number of long-term out-of-work claimants, but highlights a number of other challenges which remain.

Firstly, for claimants who face particular difficulties in landing a job, such as those with disabilities and those over 50, for example, the current welfare-to-work programme does little to equalise their job opportunities with others on the welfare rolls.

Secondly, more needs to be done to ensure that those who are in work are able to progress up the pay ladder and out of poverty: too many people are in jobs which are so low paid that their incomes are only brought up to acceptable levels by tax credits.

The report argues that tackling this will require an increase in productivity without an increase in unemployment; only by raising output per worker – and ensuring that the rewards are fairly shared – can real living standards rise over time.

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