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

BLAIR'S BRITAIN ISN'T GETTING ANY BETTER, STUDY SHOWS

M. Woolf

Independent, Aug 1st 2002 p.4

The final survey of the People's Panel before its abolition shows a marked decrease since 1998 in satisfaction with a range of public services, including NHS hospitals, ambulance services, the police and secondary schools. However satisfaction with the Benefits Agency and Employment Service had increased.

(See also Guardian, Aug 1st 2002, p. 4)

DEFINING POVERTY AGAIN

Anon

New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no. 74,2002, p. 6-9

The Low Pay Unit (LPU) has been asked to contribute to consult with the government on a new definition of poverty. Definitions of poverty have been hotly contested in the past. This article draws on material from the LPU archives to explore the main historical arguments and justifications for different definitions used in the past.

DEFINING SOCIAL INCLUSION

L. Britton and J. Casebourne

Working Brief, issue 136, 2002, p. 10-14

Discusses differing definitions of the term "social inclusion" in the UK context, in the international context and in developing countries.

FOOD POVERTY: POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

A. Webb

London : Sustain, 2002

Report sets out what is needed to ensure that no-one in the UK is denied access to a varied and nutritious diet. It draws together over 120 fully referenced proposals for tackling food poverty made by different organisations and individuals, including those from communities directly experiencing food poverty, and puts them in the context of the current debate.

MEASURING POVERTY

G. Preston

Disability Rights Bulletin, Summer 2002, p2-6

Presents an overview of recent research on defining and measuring poverty in Britain. This country has one of the highest levels of family and child poverty in the developed world, with nearly one quarter of the population living in poverty, and the gap between the richest and poorest sectors of society is growing.

PARALYSIS OR POWER? THE CENTRE RIGHT IN THE 21ST CENTURY

R Darwall

Centre for Policy Studies, 2002

Argues that attempts to present the Conservative Party as moderate, inclusive and concerned for the vulnerable are misguided. The party should instead attack Labour's policy of raising taxes rises to fund public services and argue that tax cuts would enable families to purchase the services they need directly.

WE HAVE TO GIVE THE VOTERS MORE THAN THIS

A Milburn

Times, Aug 7th 2002, p.18

Argues that public services including the NHS need to be reformed to make them more responsive to customer demands. This means replacing publicly owned monopolies with a mixed economy, in which health care providers could be privately owned, charities, or state owned. Healthcare would remain free at the point of use and funded out of general taxation, with a range of providers competing for contracts.

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