Can we turn around the welfare supertanker?

The shadow work and pensions secretary, Rachel Reeves, tried to seize the ‘firm but fair’ mantle on Monday after being outdone by the Tories and Lib Dems on welfare, says Benedict Brogan on his Daily Telegraph blog.

Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa May wrote a column in The Daily Mail criticising Labour for “throwing cash at immigrants when it was in office”. They announced that, as of April, new EU migrants will not be able to claim Housing Benefit as well as Jobseekers Allowance (JSA).

So, Reeves unveiled plans to strengthen the link between what people pay in and take [...]

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