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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2002): Social Security - UK

HARD LINES

J. Ruby

Roof, Mar/Apr 2002, p. 35

The latest scheme to ensure that community sentences are a tough alternative to prison is to withdraw benefits from offenders who breach their sentences.

LONG STAY PATIENTS WIN BENEFITS CONCESSION

N. Watt

Guardian, Feb. 26th 2002, p. 11

Government has announced that pensioners will be able to claim benefits for the first 13 weeks of a hospital stay, instead of the first six as at present.

PENSIONERS AND THE MINIMUM INCOME GUARANTEE: OBSERVATIONS FROM RECENT RESEARCH

E. Evason, L. Dowds and P. Devin

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 36, 2002, p. 36-45

Authors review data obtained from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey 1999/2000 on levels and sources of income, health and receipt of core disability benefits and the extent of non-take up of the minimum income guarantee.

REWARDING SAVING AND ALLEVIATING POVERTY? THE FINAL PENSION CREDIT PROPOSALS

T. Clark

London: Institute of Fiscal Studies, 2002 (Briefing note; 22)

Argues that the new Pensioner Tax Credit has the potential to reduce pensioner poverty by 5%. However the decline in poverty will only materialise if pensioners can be persuaded to claim the benefit they are entitled to.

TAKE IT FROM HERE

P. Greasley and N. Small

Health Service Journal, vol. 12, Mar. 7th 2002, p. 28-29

Putting six welfare advice workers into general practices for three hours a week over 10 months resulted in £ 500,000 being identified in benefits for patients. Many referrals came from GPs, but patients referred themselves in a fifth of cases. Patients welcomed the service and found it convenient.

WELFARE REFORM: MEANS-TESTED VERSUS UNIVERSAL BENEFITS

J. Grieve Smith

Nottingham: Spokesman Books for Socialist Renewal, 2001

This paper discusses changes in social security that the government has introduced in the area of so-called `welfare reform'. It looks specifically at the latest increases in the basic state pension and minimum income guarantee which have been welcomed in the short term. However it also looks at the long-term impact of Gordon Brown's insistance on continuing to link pensions and other benefits to prices rather than earnings. It examines whether the government should restore and update the initial post-war policy of relying primarily on contributory or universal benefits, or whether it should continue the shift towards mean testing.

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