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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2003): Welfare State - UK

ALL IS NOT WELL WITH WELL BEING

S Cirell and J Bennett

Public Finance, Dec. 6th-12th 2002, p.31.

The Local Government Act 2000 gave councils general discretion to do "anything" likely to promote the social, economic or environmental well-being of their communities. Disappointingly the only legal cases that have emerged from this legislation relate to individuals claiming benefits.

FOOD AND POVERTY IN BRITAIN: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

E Dowler

Social Policy and Administration, vol. 36, 2002, p.698-717.

Paper examines the past and contemporary roles food and nutrition have played in the definition, measurement and lived experience of poverty in Britain, and the resulting policy responses.

KEY STUDY CASTS DOUBT ON FLAGSHIP SCHEME FOR SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS

A Grice

The Independent, December 10th 2002, p.1.

There is no evidence that the Government's flagship scheme to enhance the private sector's role in schools and hospitals has provided better value for money, a report published today reveals. The Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank, which has completed a study of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI), found that the programme gave taxpayers better value on roads and prison building but schools and hospital projects were "much less impressive".

NEW ROLES FOR OLD: LOCAL AUTHORITY MEMBERS AND PARTNERSHIP WORKING

M Wilkinson and G Craig

York: York Publishing Services, 2002.

Study examines the role of local councillors since the proliferation of partnerships in regeneration, early-years education, health and social care. Found that, while councillors mostly accepted the need for partnership working, there was concern that too many powers of decision had been ceded to external bodies. They felt that the role of local authorities and local democracy had been downgraded as a result. They were also critical of increasing central direction, a managerialist culture, and numerous targets and tight financial regimes being imposed.

THE PRESENCE OF FEMINISM IN THE FUTURE OF WELFARE

S Williams

Economy and Society, vol. 31, 2002, p.502-519

Article discusses the impact of second wave feminism on the development of state welfare in the UK. Focuses on the influence of feminist ideas about mutualism, care, inclusive diversity and voice.

PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM 'WILL FAIL' WITHOUT COMMUNITY POWERS

N Watt

The Guardian, December 27th 2002, p.13

Tony Blair's ambitious plans to reform Britain's public services will fail unless local people are given real powers to run their schools and hospitals. According to the Social Market Foundation think tank regular referendums, new citizen panels and "neighbourhood focus groups" should be used to ensure local people share in the success and failure of their local services.

YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY

M Wellen

Public Finance, Nov. 29th-Dec. 5th 2002, p.30-31

The Local Government Bill and parallel legislation in Scotland will enable local authorities to determine their own programmes for capital investment in roads, housing and schools. They will be able to finance these through prudential external borrowing.

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