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Davis and Field push right-to-buy

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".


Field: Force young to take jobs

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.


Field critical of welfare reforms

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.


Right-to-buy scheme should be extended

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".


Abortion providers fear counselling rule change

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.


Welfare reforms unveiled

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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