Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Frankly good!

Mr Field, a long-time champion of welfare reform, has been asked to lead a major review into levels of poverty across Britain. He is also expected to study how poverty should be measured in the future.

The appointment, which could be officially confirmed in the next few days, comes as the Prime Minister seeks to boost his coalition between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats with a number of outside figures in key roles.
From the Telegraph

Let's hope this goes ahead.
Government sources said Mr Field was expected to "work alongside" Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader who was made Work and Pensions Secretary last week.
Mr Field had a raw deal from his own party
A former director of the Child Poverty Action Group, he has spoken out against means-tested benefits.

He was appointed minister for welfare reform by Tony Blair after Labour came to power in 1997, with a brief to "think the unthinkable", but quit less than a year later following a series of rows both with Mr Brown and Harriet Harman, then the social security secretary.

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