The legacy benefits system is a mix of six benefits, has three cliff-edges – and punishes extra hours. It lets people down and holds them back.
There is a suspicion that the Government wants to talk about other things – and a significant amount of attention is of course already being consumed by Brexit.
The Work and Pensions Secretary has a genuine belief in social mobility and is magnificently unabashed under fire.
Councils sharing space with job centres is an example. It means an improved service – and releases buildings which can be sold to reduce debt and provide new homes.
This government has identified problems and is working on the solutions that will make a real difference to everyone saving for their retirement.
Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
Amidst the wreckage this morning, there are a few points of light. But that cackling noise you hear from Kensington is George Osborne laughing his head off.
With sensible changes to things like direct payments and access to information, the new system can work better for everybody.
“He is the Red Adair of the administration – the middle-order batsman who, if the openers are out cheaply, ensures that the middle order does not collapse.”
The fourth piece in a five-part series on ConHome on a new Manifesto to Strengthen Families, which is being launched in Parliament this week.
Making the scheme more accessible and user-friendly would help, as would supporting unpaid internships, work experience placements and volunteering.
The campaign has exposed weaknesses in the CCHQ machine. A new broom is required. But May has sent for the old one.
A focus on children in isolation misses the need for stable families.
The Government is not only for the JAMs (Just About Managing), but now also apparently for the NAAMs (Not At All Managing).
The scheme I propose would do no more than blow away a small cloud, but this at least would show that something can be done to change the weather.