welfare state

Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state

David Eaton  |  5 July 2016

There is very little certainty in post-Brexit Britain, and seemingly little prioritised last week that remains politically pertinent today. But our population is ageing, and it is ageing rapidly. By 2050, it is projected that the number of people over 65 will have doubled since the turn of the millennium, and the number of people …

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Social Policy in a Cold Climate: Policies And Their Consequences Since The Crisis

Carys Roberts  |  20 June 2016

Too often, the actual effects of past policy decisions are not fully evaluated or even remembered in the public discourse, though doing so would tell us a lot about the wisdom of current decisions. Social Policy in a Cold Climate, the result of a mammoth research programme by the London School of Economics’ Centre for …

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A basic income would hurt, not help

Glen Mitchell  |  13 June 2016

The idea of a universal basic income is not without merit and Christabel Edwards argues the case well as do others most notably the RSA who have been strongly advocating for the concept over last year. However, I would argue that three key questions need to be answered before Labour commits to taking such a …

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A basic income for all

Christabel Edwards  |  8 June 2016

Like many others I have felt stung by recent critiques of the centre-left agenda, or lack thereof. This is partly a recognition of an uncomfortable truth. We have a lot of small ideas designed to make life better for working people, but we have nothing big; nothing to set hearts racing and bring people flocking …

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The Welfare Trait: How State Benefits Affect Personality

Nida Broughton  |  19 April 2016

The central argument of The Welfare Trait by Adam Perkins, an expert in the neurobiology of personality, is that the welfare state causes a proliferation of adults with ‘employment-resistant’ personalities, at great cost to society and the economy. The logic goes like this: People who claim welfare score lower on measures of personality like agreeableness …

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A small hole in the safety net

Christabel Edwards  |  8 April 2016

Those of us who believe in giving a helping hand to the most vulnerable in society seem forever on the back foot these days. Benefits and welfare have now become dirty words; much of this comes from the media with the dominant narrative of scroungers and layabouts trying to pick the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. …

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We need to win

Sally Keeble  |  23 March 2016

Round two of the 2016 budget has Osborne promising to jettison his changes to disability benefits and having his record torn apart by Angela Eagle. But to dismiss his budget as a huge failure would be to underestimate what has happened. In fact the budget book shows he already has enough changes built into his …

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Can the Welfare State Survive?

Alison McGovern MP  |  24 February 2016

What do the public care about? Well, outside immigration and the economy, the pollsters tell us that there is one other topic that dominates the national conversation: welfare. So what you make of the welfare state, and its future, is no small question in British politics. Controversial television programmes such as Benefits Street and others …

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From cradle to wage

Edward Jones  |  1 December 2015

The radical 1945 Labour government built the welfare state to address the five giant evils that William Beveridge saw in Britain’s industrial society. The next Labour government needs to build a new welfare state that moves beyond Beveridge’s five giants to address the needs of a post-industrial society. A new welfare state should be front …

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Five giant causes

Gloria De Piero MP  |  18 August 2015

Labour’s next mission In 1942 William Beveridge identified the five ‘giant evils’ of society: squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease. His proposals led to the foundation of the welfare state, and were the basis for much of what the 1945 Labour government achieved. Its successes, most notably the NHS, have stood the test of time. The next Labour government must …

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