The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis, with the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presiding over a series of monumental policy errors which have combined to erode prisoner rights and derail the “Rehabilitation Revolution” promised by his predecessor Ken Clarke, writes Richard Ridyard. He argues that Grayling’s devotion and justification of the government’s austerity policies are the root cause of the […]
At their annual conference, the Conservatives announced that if elected next year they plan to issue those on benefits with pre-paid cards for food so they don’t ‘waste it’ on items such as cigarettes or alcohol. This is the latest in a long line of measures which suggest that current welfare reform is based upon the notion that people in poverty are to blame for their circumstances, write Dan Silver and Kim Allen.
The UK is in the grip […]
Summarising the findings of a new report into poverty in the UK, Katie Schmuecker highlights the need to go beyond conventional approaches to poverty reduction. She discusses the changing face of poverty, with the fall in pensioner poverty and rise in poverty of those living in working households.
With conference season in full swing and the finishing touches being put to manifestos, the Joseph Rowntree […]
Billed as a way to reduce under-occupation and encourage people back into work, the ‘bedroom tax’ has not met the goals set out by policymakers, writes Insa Koch. Instead it is creating hardship for many of the over 500,000 households affected by the tax, forcing many into a situation where they are forcibly evicted from their homes. Moreover, the vast majority of […]
Care services have increasingly become personalised, tailoring services to individuals’ needs rather than fitting individuals into existing service provisions. By comparing the cases of Norway and England, Karen Christensen and Doria Pilling analyse whether personalisation policies are impacted by the political context. They find that while the English are more politically accepting of ‘the market’ and Norwegians have a more statist approach, the […]
How staff are treated impacts on patient care, but the NHS has yet to tackle discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff like it does other patient care issues, writes Roger Kline. In this article, he discusses new proposals whereby NHS organisations will be encouraged to take race equality seriously for the sake of patients.
The NHS has so far failed to meet […]
What happens when outsourced contractors are no longer able or willing to continue with the provision of public services? Bob Hudson explores the downsides of outsourcing public services and finds the proposals currently in train to address ‘market failure’ in both health and social care to be lacking. He goes on to explore alternative approaches and writes that public services should be seen as something more than a contract […]
The UK should not look to the Dutch when thinking about how to improve pension policy, argues David Hollanders. Suboptimal governance, high costs and decreasing benefits has characterised the Dutch system of late. Nevertheless, the Dutch system serves as a good example for why collective action is a necessary antidote against deregulated financial institutions.
In a speech on June 4th Queen Elizabeth […]