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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.