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I increasingly think that the policy is George Osborne's best legacy as Chancellor.
The number of households that cannot afford to eat has risen by 89 per cent.
The number of people claiming benefits in the UK rose to 2.1 million in the first full month of lockdown.
I'm more open to the scheme than I was before.
Rather than a burden, the welfare system is a form of collective insurance against life’s hazards.
The Department for Work and Pensions announced that 950,000 had successfully applied for benefits in two weeks.
Half a million are encountering the new welfare system for the first time, discovering the misery it has caused deprived claimants since it arrived.
The increased support is too modest to protect many of those who will be without work during the pandemic.
As shelves fall empty through frenetic stockpiling, blameless employees are left trying to appease irate customers.
If people cannot self-isolate and maintain financial peace of mind, they won’t follow the government’s orders.
The Chancellor is doing something new and radical – but he is also striking a note of continuity.