Headlines: June 1st, 1998

Frank Field, Welfare Reform Minister, has launched a regional tour in Edinburgh with a call for a return to the work ethic.Mr Field said that successful welfare reform had to be built on consensus and consultation and blamed previous policy failures on a lack of listening by government.

He said his tour was about listening to views on changing the ‘culture of claiming’: “Too many policies have failed because government has failed to listen, and to learn. Sound policies draw on the experience and ideas of those whose lives they most affect. That is why I am here, and why we are travelling the length and breadth of the UK to talk about welfare reform. But above all, to listen.”It coincides with consultation over the government’s green paper, A New Contract For Welfare. More details: http://www.dss.gov.uk