Labour is right to look to boost wages and housing, but international evidence shows that pre-distribution can never be the whole answer.
More than a million low-income households are now required to pay the tax after the coalition cut support by 10 per cent last year.
“We are the party born of the self-respect and solidarity of working communities.”
The party needs a "social investment" strategy to reduce the subsidisation of private landlords, low-paying employers and long-term worklessness.
By seeking to ensure that all jobseekers acquire English and maths skills, the party is tackling one of the long-term causes of unemployment and of low pay.
Duncan Smith's crusade to force eight million people onto a botched new benefit is a recipe for debt, eviction, poverty and distress.
Work and Pensions Secretary says "we will keep the policy under review" when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000.
Parties also need to reduce childcare and housing costs, improve the quality of part-time jobs and create better progression routes for low paid workers.
If the spectre of Gordon Brown alone were sufficient to propel the electorate into Cameron’s arms, he would now be governing with a majority.
Focus groups reveal that young voters view older groups as more deserving. The sense of welfare as an insurance policy is being lost.