Making individuals agents of their own change

Every government has a duty to review regularly the effects of its programmes. The Government announced in December its intention to refresh the New Deal, and this it has comprehensively proposed in its Green Paper. The Green Paper is the Government’s response to the report it commissioned from David Freud.

The text itself shows a renewed and welcomed confidence. It was not so long ago that governments would have eschewed the use of such a term as full employment, let alone used it in the title of a major Green Paper. The routing out of such political defeatism heralds the possibility of work for what are millions and millions of claimants for whom past governments provided nothing other than benefit payments.