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Speaking earlier today on The Daily Politics, Stephen highlighted the steps Labour would make, if elected in 2015, to ensure the welfare system returns to a contributory principle.

Stephen was speaking on the programme following a key speech yesterday from Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves MP, which outlined plans to increase the rate of Job Seeker's Allowance by £20 a week for those who have been employed for at least five years. She also outlined how Labour would press for a Youth Jobs Guarantee: a paid job for anyone under 25 who has been out of work for a year.

Speaking to presenter, Jo Coburn, Stephen said Rachel Reeves had made an "important step" towards a fairer and more contributory system whereby "those who have paid into the system for a significant period" are able to "get more help than is available at the moment."

You can watch the programme's feature on labour's recent welfare announcements - including Stephen's contributions - by clicking here

AuthorStephen Timms