Working Brief, June 2009, p. 10-11
The author sets out the Liberal Democrat Party's stance on welfare reform in the face of the recession. He calls for more help for the newly unemployed and those leaving school and university and for fundamental flaws in the Flexible New Deal programme to be addressed. The Party is particularly concerned about some aspects of plans to contract out employment services, wishes to encourage unemployed people to undertake voluntary work, and is opposed to vulnerable groups being forced into work-related activity under threat of losing their benefits.
Working Brief, June 2009, p. 8-9
Should the Conservatives win the 2010 general election, their approach to welfare reform will be based on three principles: