Public Services and the Welfare State

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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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    Following Francis: to build a safe NHS we must go from targets to teams

Following Francis: to build a safe NHS we must go from targets to teams

This week saw the third Francis report about how to build a safe NHS and end the workplace culture of bullying. Elizabeth Cotton reviews the report and writes that we must move away system based on top down political targets towards one that actually delivers personalised care. 

The latest Francis report, released 10 February, says nothing new to those working in the NHS. It finds that bullying […]

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    An independent assessment of the coalition’s record on schools

An independent assessment of the coalition’s record on schools

Last week’s topic in the pre-election debate was schools. The Conservative party announced that it would protect spending on schools in cash terms, but not keep pace with inflation. It would also convert more schools to Academies, including those adjudged ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted. Labour retaliated by accusing the coalition of failing to tackle educational inequalities and damaging the education system […]

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    Using housing wealth to fund social care: why the Care Act 2014 is unfair

Using housing wealth to fund social care: why the Care Act 2014 is unfair

The Care Act 2014 reinforces the expectation of leaving housing wealth as an inheritance, which perpetuates inequalities across generations, argue Nicholas Hopkins and Emma Laurie. Intergenerational fairness requires homeowners to use a greater proportion of their housing wealth to fund social care rather than relying on the state.

The issue of funding social care costs is one that provokes strong feelings. […]

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    Paid work is never enough: we need to pay attention to the quality as well as the quantity of jobs created

Paid work is never enough: we need to pay attention to the quality as well as the quantity of jobs created

Getting people into employment will not on its own ensure decent living standards and reduce poverty, finds Peter Taylor-Gooby. His research shows that, while higher employment is associated with lower poverty, other factors are more important. The most important factor in reducing poverty levels across the countries looked at was the strength of contractual rights, and other policies, such as access to […]

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