The Welfare Working Group has a discussion document out today (links to what they've released) and it shows they are still asking the wrong questions.
Paula Rebstock and co are very concerned, as the Government asked them to be when the WWG was established, about long term welfare dependency. They've found, unsurprisingly given their brief and the backgrounds of WWG members, that the welfare system as it stands is out-dated and unsustainable.
Seems to me that they are looking at this the wrong way around. All of the effort is going in to looking at the supply side of welfare - how people access benefits - as opposed to examining the more useful demand side - why do people need benefits in the first place.
If we look at the why then surely we will find that what is in fact out-dated and unsustainable is our approach to paid work, in particular the way we structure our society to make part time work impractical for many individuals and employers.
Sadly it seems the WWG will continue down the wrong path, and possibly enable this Government to make changes that take us in the wrong direction to resolving these issues.
Update: For more nuanced analysis, rather than just my grumpiness, Idiot/Savant has excellence.