Lessons for policy makers from 30 years of welfare reform
New report on reforming working age social security discusses findings from a roundtable session (convened by the SSAC and Institute for Government) on what lessons can be learnt for future reform from what has worked - and what has not worked so well - in the past.
Edit - for more see the SSAC blog Thirty Years of Welfare Reform[ Edited: 22 Jun 2018 at 01:20 pm by stuart ]
Interesting to see that the one alternative vision for the benefit system referenced by this document is Hilary Cottam’s ‘Radical Help’ arguing for ‘relational’ welfare: http://www.hilarycottam.com/radical-help/
Hilary Cottam recently gave a talk at the LSE. Audio available here: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/events/exhibiton-events/radical-help-transforming-the-welfare-state#media
Her book was also referenced in a blog by the RSA responding to the NAO’s recent UC report: https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2018/06/universal_credit_enough_is_enough
It’s an interesting concept, there were some valid criticisms made in the first few questions at the end of the LSE session.[ Edited: 22 Jun 2018 at 01:38 pm by Owen Stevens ]
but whether any of that will be taken on board by anyone who should do so is another matter - especially current government, who really could’t give a flying wotsit
“DWP has a track record of successful implementation of reform…”
Err, define success* (Supp Ben to IS/HB, MA/AA to DLA, CSA, IVB to ICB - ICB & IS to ESA + the AWT/PCA/WCA, DLA to PIP, MR, UC?).
* every so often (meaning: frequently) Govt / DWP reach for an envelope.[ Edited: 26 Jun 2018 at 02:22 pm by Peter Turville ]