Social : Why the United Kingdom needs the welfare state more than ever

Shocked by the *poverty cycle, British reformers created a safety net for casual workers. Now precarious working conditions are back, and the welfare state is under attack. By historian Chris Renwick, in the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/sep/21/why-we-need-the-welfare-state-more-than-ever

Today, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of skivers living off hard-working strivers as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like. 

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Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State © Chris Renwick - Paperback Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State © Chris Renwick - Paperback

Bread for All: The Origins of the Welfare State, a book by Chris renwick and published by Allen Lane

 

 

 

The welfare state needs updating: Its designers did not foresee ageing populations, mass immigration or the gig economy. The Economist, July 12th 2018

The Beveridge Report on Social Services & Allied Services (1942) © United Kingdom National Archives The Beveridge Report on Social Services & Allied Services (1942) © United Kingdom National Archives

William Beveridge (ca 1944) © Hans Wild - Time Life - Getty William Beveridge (ca 1944) © Hans Wild - Time Life - Getty

 

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