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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2011): Welfare state - UK

New government unit to co-ordinate help for troubled families

L. Higgs

Children and Young People Now, Oct. 4th-17th 2011, p. 12-13

A dedicated family unit is to be set up to co-ordinate intensive support for troubled families across central government departments. The unit is a key part of David Cameron's bid to transform the lives of the 120,000 most troubled families by 2015.

Officials to visit 100,000 problem families daily

R. Winnett

Daily Telegraph, Oct. 17th 2011, p. 12

Following the English riots of August 2011, the communities secretary announced plans to set a single budget for the support of each of the country's problem families. They would be given help with basic tasks such as cooking, cleaning and getting children off to school. Private companies could be paid on results if they manage to 'turn around' problem families with intensive interventions.

(See also Daily Telegraph, Oct. 18th 2011, p.12)

Paying in and getting out: creating a new affection for the welfare state

J. Purnell

Working Brief, Summer 2011, p. 18-20

The current challenge faced by the UK government is to make the welfare state popular again. At present the public feels that the welfare state doesn't offer the protection that they need and doesn't reflect their contribution to it. This prevailing attitude undermines people's willingness to pay taxes to fund benefits they don't believe they would get if needed. It also makes the immigration debate more toxic, since the public believes that new arrivals get benefits although they have not contributed to the system. The article concludes with some proposals for extending the protection offered by the welfare state, e.g. through job guarantees or free universal childcare.

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