Equality — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:44 pm on 8 February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Boswell of Aynho Lord Boswell of Aynho Conservative 2:44, 8 February 2011

My Lords, while I in no sense wish to minimise the realities of poverty, is it not time that we started to move at least some of the terms of this debate away from a static analysis about whether one measure is or is not helpful, or whether there is enough incentive at one point in time, towards a much more dynamic approach in which we emphasise the importance of personal development, education, training and personal responsibility so that, as people move into employment, which is the best solution for poverty, they may better themselves financially and lead a more fulfilling and satisfactory life?