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Manifesto > Ownership: Delivering freedom of choice in public services (Introduction) | Lifetime Share Accounts | Welfare Reform | Pensions and Older People | Health and Well-being | Schools: Preparing Children for Life | Further and Higher Education
Ownership: Delivering freedom of choice in public services
Replacing State Welfare with Personal Welfare
People are happiest when living in a society which offers the benefits of a modern culture without dictating how they should live their lives. It is vital that as many of us as possible believe in and support a strong and inclusive society. However, the best way to achieve this is not by state provision but by enabling individuals to build up their own assets in a manner chosen by them and best suited to their abilities.
We must face up to the fact that the Welfare State does not work and its ongoing failure to prevent many thousands being born into poverty and deprivation has resulted in a significant number of children becoming social misfits with many of them going on to bring still more under-privileged children into the world. If we wish to create a country fit for future generations, then we must break this vicious circle by giving everyone a proper start in life and promoting the family unit. Our taxation and welfare systems must therefore be redesigned to get rid of these problems instead of making matters worse.
The New Party proposes a simple but effective measure which will free us from state inefficiency and, at the same time, encourage initiative and personal responsibility: Lifetime Share Accounts. This groundbreaking concept provides a secure foundation for our equally innovative policies on health, pensions and social welfare.
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