‘Iain Duncan Smith will today suggest that Britain will never be able to compete on the world stage unless his welfare reforms are put at the heart of the economic recovery plan.
The Work and Pensions Secretary will make a speech outlining how reducing dependency on welfare is getting more British people into work. He will say: ‘The core and point of the economic plan, the driving force, is the quality of the people who make it happen – the British people – for no plan can work unless their well-being is at the heart of it.
‘But none of this is deliverable if we don’t deal with the British domestic problem. The economy can never be where it should, holding its own in this tough world market place, unless British families play a full productive part in that plan.’’