Public Services and the Welfare State

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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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    Straitjacketing the state: Local and national governments have lost power over specific areas of public service governance to Brussels

Straitjacketing the state: Local and national governments have lost power over specific areas of public service governance to Brussels

When it comes to public service delivery, Europeanisation is becoming a ‘ball and chain’ for domestic policy-makers, argues Judith Clifton. She claims that the EU has, gradually and subtly, created an ever more important layer of governance over how public services can be delivered, effectively straightjacketing the state. 

For two decades, discussions on how the role of the state is changing […]

DevoManc and the NHS: Mind the gaps

Following an agreement last year to devolve powers to the Greater Manchester region and for the creation of a directly elected mayor, George Osborne has announced a new agreement to devolve the NHS to Manchester. In this article, Bob Hudson examines the agreement in depth, explaining that there are four main policy-implementation gaps regarding national governance, regional/local governance, financial governance and democratic governance.

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    Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

The coalition government has consistently emphasised greater social mobility as one of its central goals. But its attempts to improve life chances for disadvantaged children have been undermined by tax-benefit reforms that have reduced family incomes, and by cuts to services for pre-school children, say Kitty Stewart and Ruth Lupton.

How committed has the coalition government really been to furthering […]

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    Devolution of the NHS is an opportunity to reduce inequalities

Devolution of the NHS is an opportunity to reduce inequalities

The government recently announced the devolution of health spending to the Greater Manchester region. But is the decentralisation of health services desirable? Joan Costa-Font examines this question, finding that it is possible to improve regional healthcare equity without a significant additional cost to the public purse. However, there needs to be political accountability for decentralisation mechanisms to work, which in the Manchester […]

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    Only political will can turn this rising tide of homelessness

Only political will can turn this rising tide of homelessness

New research shows that homelessness in England is far worse than previously thought. Lígia Teixeira presents findings from new research into the growing problem, which the findings suggest is the result of the combined impact of welfare reform and sharply rising rents. This tide of rising homelessness will not turn until the welfare safety net, including access to genuinely affordable […]

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    Labour’s proposed public service reforms won’t undo the effects of privatisation

Labour’s proposed public service reforms won’t undo the effects of privatisation

Miliband promises more ‘relational’ public services; proposing to reform public services around ideas of collaboration, relations, and prevention. But if he is serious about them he needs to clarify the role of private sector providers, says Eunice Goes.

Ed Miliband’s tirades against ‘predator capitalism’ have been widely discussed, but his equally vociferous attack on the irresponsive and managerial state has been overlooked […]

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