On the Shadow Chancellor’s confirmation that Labour will end Universal Credit, Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform think tank, said:
“Scrapping Universal Credit is a regressive step.
“Labour’s stance would waste the £2 billion so far spent on setting up the benefit. And yet another complicated redesign would create further instability for claimants.
“Universal Credit needs reform, but just like abolishing Ofsted or renationalising all local public services, it’s an ideological stunt not a serious attempt to improve lives.”
On Labour’s free personal care plan, Reform health lead, Claudia Martinez, said:
"Labour’s free personal care plan is not a sustainable solution to our social care crisis.
“The Shadow Chancellor contradicted himself by claiming ‘fair taxation’ will fund his proposals. Younger taxpayers, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet, are being asked to fund the care of wealthier pensioners. That is anything but fair.
“Our social care system does need more funding. But this should come from an insurance-based system where people save to fund their future care costs.”