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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2002): Welfare State - UK

AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY

F. Rickford

Community Care, Feb 14th-20th 2002, p. 26-28

Report of a wide ranging interview with Home Secretary David Blunkett covering substance abuse and family support policies. Blunkett advocates a preventive approach and early intervention through initiatives such as the Connexious Service and Sure Start to stop problems developing.

CAPABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY, HUMAN CAPITAL AND THE THIRD WAY

R. Prabhakar

Political Quarterly, vol. 73, 2002, p. 51-57

Article critically examines K. Jayasuriya's view that a capability perspective provides a coherent underpinning for the Third Way. Argues that this account fails to treat the concept of personal responsibility adequately, and that analysis of real opportunity may be better understood from a non-capability perspective. Offers an alternative account based on fostering individual responsibility and human capital (that is knowledge or skills that can be used to productive effect).

CBI MOVE TO AVOID LAW ON "TWO-TIER WORKFORCES"

C. Adams

Financial Times, Jan. 24th 2002, p. 3

In a secret letter to cabinet ministers, the Confederation of British Industry has urged government to accept a voluntary code of practice for employers running public services under contract. The CBI wants to avoid legislation outlawing "two tier workforces" where new staff are employed on worse terms than those transferred from the public sector when services are contracted out.

(See also Guardian, Jan. 24th 2002, p. 10)

CITIZENS ON PARADE

D. Harding

Public Finance, Feb. 1st-7th, p. 24-25

Surveys the growing involvement of "amateurs" who are not professionally qualified in the delivery of public services. Thus the role of the traffic warden has expanded to include policing, and classroom assistants have proliferated. Arguably, this is due to the impact of budget constraints, as the "amateur" personnel are much cheaper to employ.

A FORCE FOR CHANGE?

D. Walker

Public Finance, Jan 11th-17th 2002, p. 22-23

Discusses the extent of the real influence of the Social Exclusion Unit on the policies of the major departments of states.

RISK, SOCIAL POLICY AND WELFARE

H. Kemshall

Buckingham: Open University Press, 2002

This book investigates the concept of risk and its relevance to social policy. It questions whether risk has replaced need as the key organising principle of welfare provision and looks at the whether current trends support the contention that policy development is risk based.

TAX WARNING OVER PROJECTED £9BN PUBLIC FINANCE GAP

D. Turner

Financial Times, Jan 31st 2002, p. 2

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has projected a £9bn Funding deficit if public spending grows at the projected rate of 3% a year until 2005/06. Labour has pledged not to raise income tax rates, so is left with the options of increasing VAT or National Insurance payments in order to raise revenue to plug the gap.

(See also Independent, Jan. 31st 2002, p. 21; Daily Telegraph, Jan 31st 2002, p. 2)

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