Rachel Reeves suggests migrants should be denied welfare until they have contributed through the tax system.
In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009.
Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
The coalition has struggled to implement its Work Programme. Labour needs to ensure its latest ideas don't go awry if they make it into government.
Despite all the distress and financial hardship caused by a malfunctioning assessment process, spending on the government’s main sickness and disability benefit is set to rise.
A slew of welfare stories this morning suggests the coalition is stumbling over its biggest bugbear: the benefits bill. Labour should play this carefully – in economic, not social, terms.
In an age of fiscal famine, the tax and spend policies of the past are no longer an option.
New figures show that there has been a 59 per cent increase in working people claiming housing benefit since 2010.
"The welfare state is a way of alleviating poverty but it cannot be our only means of creating a fairer economy."
Our research demonstrates that people aren’t ready for such significant upheaval.