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Viewpoints: The welfare state

To mark 60 years of the 1945 welfare settlement, the BBC News website invited an array of politicians and social and business experts to debate the future of the welfare state.

Here are their views.

David Blunkett, Work and Pensions Secretary

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, shadow work and pensions secretary

David Laws, Lib Dem work and pensions spokesman
Nick Pearce, director, Institute for Public Policy Research

Frank Field, former welfare reform minister

Ruth Lea, director, Centre for Policy Studies

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