Public Services and the Welfare State

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    How young homeless people experience London and the homeless system

How young homeless people experience London and the homeless system

A new book by Emma Jackson explores how young homeless Londoners experience and negotiate the city and the homeless system. One important issue they face is whether they have access to the welfare state, as place of origin and migration status have impacts on what can be accessed and by whom.

A group of young homeless people sit around a large map of […]

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    The UK experienced a sharp drop in volunteering behaviour following the Great Recession

The UK experienced a sharp drop in volunteering behaviour following the Great Recession

Much has been written about the economic costs of our most recent recession. However, what were its social costs? How did the civic wellbeing of individuals and our communities fare? James Laurence finds the UK suffered a social recession alongside the economic one, with volunteering behaviour declining sharply following the crisis in 2008.

Back in 2009, despite the darkening clouds of […]

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    Pension reforms since the financial crisis could have a serious impact on the future retirement incomes of young Europeans

Pension reforms since the financial crisis could have a serious impact on the future retirement incomes of young Europeans

What effect has the financial crisis had on pension systems in EU countries? Aaron Grech notes that prior to the crisis there was a significant divergence in pensions across the EU, with some states having relatively generous systems in comparison to others. He writes that following the crisis, southern European states have had to substantially cut back on pensions, […]

Long term care policy is kicked into the long grass again

The Government’s announcement it will delay by four years the introduction of a cap on people’s liability for costs of social care is just the latest in a long line of failures to resolve the challenge of paying for long term care. Melanie Henwood examines the issues and concludes that all bets are off for an early resolution of this […]

  • Poverty can be eradicated
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    Tackling in-work poverty requires far more than a boost to the National Minimum Wage

Tackling in-work poverty requires far more than a boost to the National Minimum Wage

The Government’s July budget announced a raft of measures to reduce the welfare budget by £12 billion by 2019/20 and, more surprisingly, the introduction of a ‘National Living Wage’. But will these changes lift the living standards of the millions that fall below what the public views to be an acceptable standard of living in contemporary Britain? Joanna Mack […]

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    The ‘choosiness’ of the unemployed: evidence on voluntary unemployment in the UK

The ‘choosiness’ of the unemployed: evidence on voluntary unemployment in the UK

In this article, Andrew Dunn presents research which finds that many unemployed people prefer living on benefits to undertaking jobs which would increase their income, but which they consider unattractive. 

Recent Labour and Coalition governments have increased both the number of conditions attached to receiving unemployment benefits (Jobseeker’s Allowance / JSA, soon to be Universal Credit) and the severity of […]

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    Instead of more inspections and regulation, the NHS needs to adopt a ‘bottom-up’ improvement model

Instead of more inspections and regulation, the NHS needs to adopt a ‘bottom-up’ improvement model

The evidence base for improving public health services by top-down regulation is thin. An alternative approach is the ‘bottom-up’ rather than the ‘top-down’ perspective. But what are the ingredients of a bottom-up service improvement model? In this article, Bob Hudson suggests three essential components: people, context and complexity. 
With the new UK Government seemingly wedded to enduring reductions in public expenditure, there is now a clearer […]

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    The number of households in the UK falling below the Minimum Income Standard continues to rise

The number of households in the UK falling below the Minimum Income Standard continues to rise

However you define poverty, households on the lowest incomes are falling further short of reaching a decent standard of living, writes Donald Hirsch.
Defining poverty is never easy. Last week’s reopening of the debate about its measurement revealed both the complexity of this issue and the willingness of people on both sides of the political debate to define to their […]

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