HC Deb 19 January 1998 vol 304 cc442-3W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if she will list the most serious problems currently facing the social security system in order of priority. [23848]

Mr. Field

Our aim is to build a Welfare State fit for the 21st century, which extends opportunity and security to all.

Our core principles are that: Society has a responsibility to help people in genuine need, who are unable to look after themselves; Individuals have a responsibility to help provide for themselves when they can do; Work is the best route out of poverty for people who are able to work; Fraud and abuse should be minimised and rooted out wherever found.

We are currently examining where the current system fails to meet these core principles.