Workless defended by Packer
THE notion that a "hard-core culture of worklessness" exists in
the UK has been challenged by the Bishop of Ripon & Leeds, the
Rt Revd John Packer.
The Bishop was responding to comments from Hazel Blears, the
Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, at a debate on welfare organised
by the St Paul's Institute on 29 June.
Ms Blears referred to 1.5 million people who have not worked for
nine of the past ten years, and suggested that "not every single
person there is ...
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