Public Services and the Welfare State

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    Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

What was intended to be a ‘Brexit election’ has turned into one focusing less on the negotiations and much more on health and social care. But do the manifestos grasp and address the real pressures the health service is under? Sally Ruane reviews the Labour and Conservative policies on funding, staffing, re-organisation, and privatisation.

The NHS is facing persistent […]

Inside the ‘new NHS’: where are the citizens?

Where does accountability lie within the NHS? Bob Hudson writes that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders. He argues that engaging with citizens is key to giving the healthcare debate legitimacy.

The issue of citizen accountability in the NHS has been troublesome from the outset. Aneurin Bevan’s […]

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    What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

What the 2017 Conservative manifesto should say about the NHS

The Conservative Party’s record on healthcare is not its strongest point in the polls. With the NHS caught in what seems like a perpetual crisis, and with services suffering all the more as a result, what promises can Theresa May make in her snap election manifesto? Tony Hockley writes that there is one critical pledge: the NHS must have […]

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    From public services to “services to the public”: the three elements of contemporary welfare

From public services to “services to the public”: the three elements of contemporary welfare

Public services are dying a slow death, but what comes next? Lord Adebowale and Henry Kippin set out a vision for a move towards “services to the public” – a vision that requires us to re-think the needs of citizens, the reality of a mixed economy, as well as the relationship between citizens and the state.

Public services as we […]

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    How the government keeps underestimating the risk of benefit sanctions to single parents

How the government keeps underestimating the risk of benefit sanctions to single parents

Only a ‘tiny minority’ is affected by benefit sanctions, according to the government. This claim relies on weak data, writes Sumi Rabindrakumar. She looks at the data for single parent sanctions and explains why the risk is not only far greater than suggested, but has also increased compared to a decade ago. So although the government has resisted a […]

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    Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

With politicians, media, and much of public opinion already framing welfare as a problem, what is the impact of television shows that claim to ‘expose’ the daily lives of claimants? Ruth Patrick draws on her latest book to explain the mismatch between such portrayals and claimants’ realities. She writes that while some of Britain’s poorest are being exploited for […]

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    How the government’s new child maintenance service leaves domestic abuse survivors out in the cold

How the government’s new child maintenance service leaves domestic abuse survivors out in the cold

For parents who cannot reach a ‘family-based’ child maintenance arrangement, the statutory service is the other option. The government has introduced a fee waiver for survivors of domestic abuse who apply to use this service. But although the reform is welcomed, the way it works still leaves many trapped between a dangerous dilemma: get financial support at the risk […]

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    A response to the House of Commons Education Committee report on Multi-Academy Trusts

A response to the House of Commons Education Committee report on Multi-Academy Trusts

The number of schools joining multi-academy trusts has grown over the last five years, and it is expected that this growth will continue. The House of Commons Education Committee has, as a result, looked into the performance and role of these trusts. Steven J Courtney, Ruth McGinity, Steven Jones, Robert Hindle, Stephen M Rayner and Belinda Hughes focus on […]

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