Public Services and the Welfare State

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    NHS walk-in centres are popular, but they don’t relieve pressure from A&Es

NHS walk-in centres are popular, but they don’t relieve pressure from A&Es

In 2010 NHS Walk-in Centres were a valued feature of around 200 communities in England, but many of these facilities have since closed or are facing closure. Ted Pinchbeck’s research may go some way to explaining why: less than a fifth of patients attending a centre would otherwise have attended an A&E, meaning the centres do little to relieve […]

Welfare cuts – how framing influences support

Talking about economic reform, Jean-Claude Juncker once remarked: “We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it”. That politicians get punished for welfare cutbacks used to be a truism in politics and academia. A couple of years later, we are not so sure anymore. Here, Paul Marx and Gijs Schumacher outline how important framing […]

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    Public service ethos: the blending values of public and mutual organisations

Public service ethos: the blending values of public and mutual organisations

The previous Labour and Coalition governments both promoted experimentation in mutual and social enterprise run services, a trend the current government continues. At the same time, complexity in the range of stakeholders and vehicles for public service delivery has led to calls for agencies to share a common public service ethos. John Maddocks and Jan Myers explore the combination of mutual and public to […]

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    Building consensus across the political spectrum: designing solutions to socio-economic insecurity

Building consensus across the political spectrum: designing solutions to socio-economic insecurity

Last year, Michael Orton started a debate on how we can generate solutions to the problem of socio-economic security in the UK. Now, a new report outlines the final ‘5+ Solutions’ produced as part of that conversation. These ideas come from across the political spectrum and represent the building blocks of a common ground in a bid to now bring the […]

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    A ‘Helen Archer’ moment? The abused, the perpetrator and the fall-out from domestic violence

A ‘Helen Archer’ moment? The abused, the perpetrator and the fall-out from domestic violence

The huge interest generated by The Archers domestic abuse story line has raised awareness that behind the closed doors of supposedly nice, middle class families, sexual violence may lurk, and it is not only a phenomenon of the disadvantaged and dispossessed. After putting the storyline into context, Professor Jennifer Brown takes a further look at the profiles of those who abuse and […]

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    Worklessness is not a trait: why blaming and shaming is not a solution

Worklessness is not a trait: why blaming and shaming is not a solution

The recent controversy around the book The Welfare Trait is part of a long-standing debate on whether poverty is caused by structure or behaviour, writes Mireia Borrell-Porta. Here, she offers her own reading of the book and explains why claiming benefits is not simply a question of personality; instead, a number of other factors – including structural economic and […]

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    Domestic abuse in The Archers: putting the storyline into context

Domestic abuse in The Archers: putting the storyline into context

The eked out tale of the abusive relationship between the Titcheners in the long running BBC Radio 4 soap, The Archers, culminated on Sunday evening with a knife attack by the long suffering Helen on her psychologically controlling husband Rob. Here, Jennifer Brown puts the storyline in context, offering a forensic psychology perspective and outlining the frequency of similar […]

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    Robbing Peter to pay Paul? The government, the benefits system, and pensioners

Robbing Peter to pay Paul? The government, the benefits system, and pensioners

When Iain Duncan Smith resigned in March, he did so over Budget proposals to cut certain benefits which he saw as hitting those of working age, while leaving intact those given to ‘better off pensioners’. This is not an either/or situation, explains Melanie Henwood; in fact, such a simplified approach presents the needs of older, and often disabled people […]

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