After decades of modern welfare programmes failing to solve the problem of intergenerational poverty, we need to admit that the system is broken. Welfare, originally devised as a way to support the poorest and most vulnerable in society, is now too often trapping the poor in the very condition it was supposed to alleviate. In the UK, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, is challenging the broken system.

In 2011, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, delivered our Sir John Graham Lecture. He shared with us his vision for the future of welfare—a future in which dignity, hope and aspiration are open to all.

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