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Three ways to defend social security in britain

Baumberg, Ben (2012) Three ways to defend social security in britain. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20 (2). pp. 149-161. ISSN 1759-8273

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Identification Number: 10.1332/175982712X652050


British social security is now in a time of crisis, where cuts are being made to a system that was already struggling to provide decent security. In this paper I argue that successful proposals to combat this must (i) lead to reductions in poverty/inequality; (ii) fit existing perceptions of claimant 'deservingness'; and (iii) change deservingness perceptions in the long run. I conclude that three influential recent proposals – 'Decent Childhoods', 'National Salary Insurance', and 'The Solidarity Society' – are only partially successful in meeting these criteria, and that successful reform requires a fusion of the respective insights of each proposal.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Policy Press
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2015 13:02
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:33

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