Labour announced in June plans to create a new Social Justice Commission to replace the Social Mobility Commission, and a new Minister for Social Justice based in the Treasury.
Now Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP has committed the next Labour government to ending in-work poverty over the course of a parliament.
Labour’s threefold attack on in-work poverty will include:
- Rebalancing our economy to end austerity, raise living standards and empowerment in the workplace.
- Strengthening and expanding public services free at the point of use paid for fairly through taxation.
- Establishing the principle of universalism in our social security system and looking after each other in times of need.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I will not accept that poverty is tolerated as long as some people are given the opportunity to climb out of it, leaving others behind.
“Rather my number one goal – the goal of the Labour Party – is about changing people’s lives for the better – radically and profoundly.
“We need an economy which operates with a social safety net of shared public service provision.
“So that parents aren’t forced to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their children or the unemployed teenager doesn’t give up on job interviews because they cost £5 in bus fares each time.”
Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, said:
“As Chancellor in the next Labour Government, I want you to judge me by how much we reduce poverty and how much we create a more equal society. By how much people’s lives change for the better. Because that is our number one goal.”