Financial Times, July 8th 2002, p.4
Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, is creating "a form of permanent serfdom" by his huge extension of tax credits to families, those without children and pensioners. Frank Field, the former Minister for Welfare Reform, said yesterday. Mr Field predicts the government's attempts to reform the NHS will fail, and that its tax credit programme will encourage fraud, demand ever more resources and produce more welfare dependency.
Voluntary Action, vol. 4, Spring 2002, p. 31-47
There is evidence that a period spent doing voluntary work may help some incapacity benefits recipients who want to move towards paid work by enhancing their employability, reducing some of the barriers they face or bringing them into closer touch with paid job opportunities. It may take a long time however for such effects to become apparent.
Department of Trade and Industry
Consultation on draft regulations for simplification of arrangements for maternity leave and pay, introduction of paid paternity and adoption leave and changes to parental leave.