Public Services and the Welfare State

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    The crisis in social care is connected to the gendered inadequacy of labour law

The crisis in social care is connected to the gendered inadequacy of labour law

Lydia Hayes writes that social care is a feminist issue. Highlighting some of the appalling conditions that care workers tolerate, she explains how employment law fails to protect women’s employment and to value feminised labour. She concludes that unless social care provision is revolutionised, women will have little choice but to serve as unpaid carers: stuck at home, excluded […]

How benefit sanctions push single parents further from work

Benefit sanctions encourage job-seeking behaviour, successive governments have claimed. Yet in the case of single parents, sanctions actually move parents further from work, write Sumi Rabindrakumar and Laura Dewar. They draw on Gingerbread’s research to show how parents are often penalised despite seeking work, caught out by unrealistic expectations from jobcentres and poor administration.

The government argues that benefit sanctions […]

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    How local political preferences influence public housing reform

How local political preferences influence public housing reform

José M. Alonso and Rhys Andrews explore the extent to which housing stock transfer in local authorities across England has been shaped by local political ideology. They explain that ideology plays an important role in making housing reform happen, but that local people can also be a source of resistance and of alternatives to such reform.

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    After Worboys: what next for the parole system in England and Wales?

After Worboys: what next for the parole system in England and Wales?

A fair, transparent, and robust process for the termination of prison sentences is critical to the effective operation of our criminal justice system, writes Thomas Guiney. In light of the Worboys case and the attention drawn to the parole system as a result, he explains what reforms are necessary in order to build a modern parole process that is […]

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    Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

Jeremy Hunt’s seven principles on adult social care reform: a new way forward or just rhetoric?

On 20 March, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt finally made a speech identifying the principles that will inform the Green Paper on social care that is to be published later in 2018. Melanie Henwood considers what these principles reveal and reflects on their implications. Are there grounds for optimism, or is this just the […]

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    What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

What can England learn from the German approach to long-term care funding?

There’s much England could learn from German long-term care funding, argue Caroline Glendinning and Mathew Wills. They explain how, over the past two decades, Germany has rolled out a universal and equitable funding model, supported by both main political parties.

Over the past decade there have been growing calls for reform of social care funding. Following numerous Commissions, Inquiries, and […]

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    Giving everyone some money, from birth to death: defining a Citizen’s Basic Income

Giving everyone some money, from birth to death: defining a Citizen’s Basic Income

Discussion of a Citizen’s Basic Income – an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income for every individual – is now a mainstream global social policy debate. But how would it work? Malcolm Torry explains the elements that make up this idea and underlines the importance of agreeing on a shared definition to be used by all involved in the debate.

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    Pension strike: university staff are getting a ‘Die Quickly’ pension plan. It won’t work.

Pension strike: university staff are getting a ‘Die Quickly’ pension plan. It won’t work.

What is at stake in the ongoing university strikes? To answer this question, Ewan McGaughey explains how the pension system works, who governs it, and their conflicts of interest. He argues that there is a need to rebuild the university and pension governance system so that it is more democratic and just. Otherwise the same issues will keep returning.

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