BASW: The Philpott case should not be the focus for the debate on the welfare system
The Philpott case should not be used as a basis for the welfare reform debate, BASW Interim Chief Executive Bridget Robb has said.
Commenting on the case in BASW's Huffington Post blog, Ms Robb said: "Men like Mick Philpott challenge a lot of assumptions about good parenting and our tolerance about the extent to which the state should fund different lifestyles. All statutory agents will be examining this case to see if anyone should or could have intervened more effectively, but extreme cases such as this are a bad basis for making policy decisions. The Philpott case should not be the focus for the debate on the welfare system".