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Nick Clegg: Poverty plus a pound isn't enough

November 10, 2010 10:11 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

"Let me be clear. Protecting people from loss of income is a hallmark of a civilised society. But abandoning people to their plight is an abdication of responsibility. Progressives have a big question to ask: do we judge the success of our welfare system by the number of people in it, or by the number of people helped off it and into the world of work? We are reforming welfare to make work pay, to encourage responsibility and to change lives for the better. That's what we mean by fairness."