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Frank Field said faith leaders were right to send a letter to David Cameron on the Government's welfare failures. "There is certainly a moral case for reducing people's dependency, which... means-tested assistance, because it traps you ... Continue to article
Frank Field said Universal Credit was “morally wrong” and would not be implemented successfully, but warned that the reform raised a challenge for the Labour party too. “It’s morally wrong because we should try to get people to be able t... Continue to article
Frank Field said the dielmma during the design of the upcoming human trafficking bill would be whether or not enslaving or trafficking was the worse crime. "I think one of the central dilemmas in the bill will be, will we get a much clea... Continue to article
The Immigration Bill is due back on Thursday but more interesting than the Mills amendment could be the Dom Raab amendment. This will remove judges’ discretion on the deportation of foreign criminals. It goes further than Theresa May’s o... Continue to article
David Blunkett, Hazel Blears and Frank Field among six former Labour ministers supporting Dominic Raab Immigration amendment ...
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Frank Field called for a "new deal" for the victims of slavery and human trafficking. “There’s questions about how big the issue is, partly because it’s so hidden, but already the All Party Group headed by Fiona McTaggart is working on t... Continue to article
Labour Party leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech on housing Culture minister Ed Vaizey delivers a speech at BBC Broadcasting House in London on digital radio Environment minister George Eustice attends a meeting of the Agriculture an... Continue to article
Conservative MP David Davis and Labour MP Frank Field have joined forces in a move to unlock capital trapped in social houses where the owner is not able to buy their home, or unable to afford to do so. In a report for the Institute of Public Police Research, Mr Davis and Mr Field say the revenue generated from such a right-to-buy scheme should go towards "improving and expanding Britain's sorely lacking social housing stock".
The Government's poverty adviser has proposed that young people leaving school be forced to take up jobs rather than sign onto the welfare system. Frank Field has suggested that the Government should introduce a compulsory workforce plan to get young people into work, rather than having them claim Jobseekers' Allowance.
The Coalition’s welfare reforms have been criticised for being nowhere near radical enough by former Labour minister Frank Field. Mr Field, who was brought in to advise the Government on tackling child poverty last year, also revealed that 87% of the 400,000 new jobs created since the last election have gone to immigrants.
The right-to-buy scheme should be extended from council tenants to one million families in housing association properties, according to David Davis and Frank Field.
The Conservative and Labour MPs have joined forces to warn David Cameron that his plans to re-inject life into the housing market will fall "well short of the mark".
The Department of Health is considering measures which could strip abortion-providers of the opportunity to counsel women. The plans would see women referred to an independent organisation for counselling, and are backed by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries and Labour’s Frank Field. Charities including the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and Marie Stopes, which presently offer the compulsory counselling, said there is no evidence that the current system is failing and warned that changes would see women wait longer for treatment.
David Cameron has outlined the Government’s plans for welfare reform, saying the changes will deliver "the most ambitious, fundamental and radical changes to the welfare system" since it was created.
Iain Duncan Smith yesterday gave a speech claiming the plans are about "encouraging responsibility... and most importantly making work pay".
The Work and Pensions Secretary confirmed plans to cut housing benefit from the long-term jobless, and said his reforms would lift nearly one million people out of poverty.
A new universal credit, new sanctions for those turning down jobs and a cap on benefits paid to a single family will be among the changes outlined in the Welfare Reform Bill.
Labour MP Frank Field, who last year headed up a report on poverty for the Government, has voiced concerns that problems with IT systems could undermine the welfare reforms. Mr Field said less ambitious projects had been riddled with IT problems, describing it as a "really big worry" for Mr Duncan Smith.
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