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In today’s Britain, the idea of a welfare state and social security system that provides effective anti-poverty provision and adequate support is increasingly under threat. Indeed, our safety net has been described as ‘in tatters’. Successive rounds of welfare reform and reductions in the generosity and eligibility conditions of benefits have taken a very clear toll. Take just three statistics: 1.25 million people, including 300,000 children, are destitute in the UK; Over a million three-day emergency food parcels were handed out by the largest network of food banks, the Trussell Trust, in 2016/17; The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimate that 37% of […]
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300,000 people have had their benefits suddenly stopped by sanctions in the last 12 months, many of whom have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. On today’s National Day of Action Against Sanctions, Ruth Patrick highlights the reality of welfare reform as laid out in her new book, For whose benefit? The truth is that our punitive welfare reform agenda leaves people further away rather than closer to the paid labour market. Ruth Patrick “While Cameron and Osborne may no longer be in charge, their welfare reform agenda continues apace. This month sees the […]
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