Peter Taylor-Gooby

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    Deliberative forums show that attitudes to welfare turn hostile because of low trust in government

Deliberative forums show that attitudes to welfare turn hostile because of low trust in government

Peter Taylor-Gooby outlines the findings of research that used deliberative forums to examine attitudes towards welfare. He concludes that what lay behind the views expressed was a mistrust in the capacity of the government to address the issues that most people face. It is this lack of trust that turns people against the welfare system rather than an ideological […]

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    Bad news for the poor: the British Social Attitudes survey shows a hardening of attitudes towards working age welfare recipients

Bad news for the poor: the British Social Attitudes survey shows a hardening of attitudes towards working age welfare recipients

The public express a high level of concern about poverty but seem happy to cut benefits for the group in the severest need, writes Peter Taylor-Gooby. The British Social Attitudes survey shows that, while the vast majority of respondents believe welfare spending should be either maintained or increased, most people view the welfare state for those of working age with […]

The strong but declining support for pensioner benefits

Support for pensioner benefits has fallen considerably since the mid 2000s, find Ben Baumberg and Peter Taylor-Gooby when looking at the British Social Attitudes series. Unexpectedly, the most recent decline (2011-2013) is concentrated on people who read particular newspapers; there is a huge decline in support among readers of broadsheets, whether these are the left-wing broadsheets (the Guardian, Independent and i) or the […]

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    Paid work is never enough: we need to pay attention to the quality as well as the quantity of jobs created

Paid work is never enough: we need to pay attention to the quality as well as the quantity of jobs created

Getting people into employment will not on its own ensure decent living standards and reduce poverty, finds Peter Taylor-Gooby. His research shows that, while higher employment is associated with lower poverty, other factors are more important. The most important factor in reducing poverty levels across the countries looked at was the strength of contractual rights, and other policies, such as access to […]