Labour would treat health and work as ‘two sides of same coin’, says Liz Kendall

Exclusive: Shadow work and pensions secretary gives first interview in new role

A Labour government would treat health and work as “two sides of the same coin” to help tackle the growing tide of economic inactivity, the shadow work and pensions secretary has said, as Jeremy Hunt prepares to make welfare a key dividing line in this week’s autumn statement.

In her first interview in the role, Liz Kendall told the Guardian that while Labour wanted to make sure that “everyone who can work, does”, as it was the best route out of poverty, the government had “shirked” its responsibility to provide the support needed.

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