Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has vowed to scrap the government’s hated Work Programme, if she becomes the next party leader.
Criticising the controversial back to work scheme, dubbed ‘workfare’ by its opponents, Ms Kendall branded the Work Programme a “failed experiment in welfare privatisation”.
> And yet, in their general election manifesto, Labour seemed quite prepared to continue with workfare, and indeed were bigging themselves up as prepared to be harsher with the unemployed than the Tories.
Local authorities would be granted new powers to help the long-term unemployed into work. This may include allowing councils to hire (contract) local employment support providers.
Employment support could be specially tailored to better meet the needs of jobseekers and the skills requirements of local businesses. However, it remains unclear as to how it would be funded.
Ms Kendall is expected to make the pledge as part of a speech, where she will argue that councils are best placed to spread wealth and opportunity at a local level.
A bookmaker has made former South Shields MP David Miliband 12/1 to succeed his brother Ed as leader of the Labour Party.
According to Unibet, the 49-year-old, who narrowly lost to his brother in a leadership contest in 2010, could make a spectacular return.
He rose to prominence as the head of Tony Blair’s policy unit from 1997 to 2001, when he was elected MP for South Shields.
In April 2013 he resigned from Parliament in order to become president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee in New York.
> In other words, he left his constituents to their fate in order to chase the yankee dollar to the tune of £300,000 a year.
Now, with Labour reeling from its heaviest election defeat in years, the bookies are giving odds on a stunning return.
Unibet’s odds are:
BREAKING: Chuka Umunna 9/4
Andy Burnham 2/1
Yvette Cooper 3/1
Dan Jarvis 8/1
Liz Kendall 16/1
David Miliband 12/1
Source – Hartlepool Mail, 09 May 2015