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Jun 27

Reforming Welfare for a Better Society:
The British Example

The Heritage Foundation invites you to join us for a keynote speech by the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom. Since becoming Secretary of State, he has introduced the most radical reforms to Britain's welfare system since that system’s creation, moving away from maintaining people on inactive benefits, instigating wide scale disability benefit reform and finally making work pay. In his speech, he will explore what went so badly wrong with the welfare system in Britain, and how he hopes to achieve nothing short of comprehensive social change through his reforms. He will speak about the British experience of overhauling welfare, the passage of the Welfare Reform Act into law earlier this year, and the political opportunities and risks these reforms present. Finally, he will compare and contrast the British and American approaches to welfare with other international examples to help outline a welfare system that is truly fit for the 21st Century and moves people from dependency to independence.

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The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom

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Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.

Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Read More