Our 'Poverty and social security: where next?' series has been discussing how a future government should mend our social security system. In the final blog, Fran Bennett considers the key challenges and directions for change.
SALLY WITCHER: Scotland’s new social security system teaches Westminster not only the value of dignity and respect, but that it’s time for a new kind of politics.
SAM ROYSTON: Few questions in the social security system matter more than how benefits increase over time, but there is currently very little consistency or coherence in how this is calculated. We need a better approach.
JASMINE BASRAN: Since 2010 rough sleeping in England has increased by 165 per cent, despite a small drop of 2 per cent in the last 12 months. Social security must change to support the delivery of decent and affordable housing for all.
LOUISA MCGEEHAN: Child poverty is not inevitable. To prevent it, a first priority for government must be reinvesting in children.
STEPHEN TIMMS MP: The hardship inflicted by universal credit does not arise from its basic principles. Labour can turn this new system into a tool for fighting poverty.