The left continue to argue that the way to stimulate the economy (and inactive people) is a higher minimum-wage. The right continue to argue that the way to stimulate the economy (and inactive people) is to reduce state benefits. But outside the punch and judy show of "cheats and scroungers" rhetoric there is a THIRD option available to us, which is to TAKE LESS TAX!
Giving every single citizen the £10,000 personal tax allowance that Vince Cable promised before the election (and which is currently a government 'aspiration') would do more to make work pay than any measure of spurious "welfare reform" by IDS, the man with delusions of adequacy, or snake-oil Work Capability Assessments by ATOS healthcare. It would make the Tax Credits infrastructure redundant in a single hit, saving £23.7 billion [according to the Guardian] which would more than cover the cost of the tax-cut. It would make part-time work pay for parents, students or people with disabilities, encourage people who are working to do more and it would also treat the public with the respect we deserve.