The latest Tory proposals on welfare reform (based on the Wiscnonsin model) would not solve the problem of long-term unemployment. What the Tories have failed to understand is that the issue facing Britain today is not a lack of jobs it is a skill deficit which means that many who want to work cannot get any because they do not have the right skill set needed.
Any reform of the welfare system must be accompanied by plans that will give the unemployed the skills to find a job; give the single mother the childcare she needs to go out and work; give the middle-aged man or woman on a disability benefit the support and confidence to go back into the workplace. Cameron's proposals are light on vision. There is no mention of how we transform the unemployed person's horizons, aspirations and hopes- through helping he/she get the skills they need for better jobs.