Welfare concerns

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Hopes of an ex-oilman having a firmer grip on reality than a Welsh poet vanished when the new Archbishop of Canterbury this weekend virtually equated welfare reform with child abuse.

Yet, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith had merely suggested a benefit cap at £26,000 a year so that the workless did not receive more in hand-outs than the average family’s take-home pay.

The Left has politicised “poverty” and its mechanistic mantra that anyone receiving less than half the average income is “poor” has become a barrier for struggling families.

I thought Justin Welby might encourage the Church to take a moral lead and broaden the definition of poverty to include family breakdown, debt, addiction and education.

Instead, he is aligning himself with a “welfare industry” that 
requires institutionalised dependency and feckless, fatherless families to justify its very 
existence.

The fact is that if the profligacy of the state is not restrained, the economic prospects for 
everyone – including the children for whom he is rightly concerned – will be bleak.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews, Fife