The former Minister for Disabled People contributes the first article in a three-part mini-series on reform to the adult social care system.
“People need the opportunity to benefit from their ability, their determination, and their hard-work.”
It is too fragmented to deliver this successfully – so a senior Cabinet minister should be tasked with bringing about change.
Conservatives have a proud record of social reform. I want to break down the barriers to people escaping poverty.
We must follow the example of Beveridge, Butler and Willink.
Few people want to stop skilled workers coming to the UK. But many voters understandably want better integration of new arrivals.
The former fear that it will revive what they believe are business-unfriendly ideas about foreign takeovers and workers on boards.
She has expressed admiration for Joe, the ambitious social reformer and staunch unionist, but his sons have their own lessons to teach.
It would be wrong to assume you can simply sweep reducing poverty into a wider social mobility plan: they are not the same.
The Prime Minister only has the liberty to establish toeholds on wider issues, in the hope of addressing them properly after Brexit is delivered.
This is the right Minister in the right department. And though his room for manoeuvre is limited, he has a chance to make an impact on families policy.
The new Government can’t realistically aim to target its programme on everyone. To govern is to choose.