Ben Baumberg

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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    Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

How meritocratic do Britons think their country is? The question of perceptions has been relatively understudied but is nonetheless important. Declan Gaffney and Ben Baumberg find that while people overwhelmingly agree that children from richer families have more opportunities, they also believe that family wealth is a relatively minor factor in determining outcomes. Factors like hard work and ambition are […]

Anti-immigrant feeling is at least partially linked to wider debates about ‘scrounging’ and reciprocity rhetoric

Ben Baumberg argues that people’s views on migrants claiming benefits are more complex than is commonly understood. Surveys reveal that a large part of the concern about migrants claiming benefits is about a lack of contribution. This isn’t about payments in a narrow sense, but about a broader sense of reciprocity. There’s been so many claims about benefits lately in the […]

The big picture of inequality in Britain: tackling inequality requires us to see both specific injustices and wider underlying forces

In the past two years we have had two official ‘stock takes’ of equality from the National Equality Panel and the Equality & Human Rights Commission, revealing the true contours of inequality in Britain. But with 1200 pages of detailed data, it can be difficult to see the big picture. Ben Baumberg summarises the messages from LSE’s key contributors to […]