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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2005): Welfare State - UK

ATTITUDES TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

P. Taylor-Gooby

London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2005

Paper looks at what we know about the public's attitude to social justice issues. It focusses on the 'social minimum' and attitudes to income poverty, and fair distribution and on the emerging policy debate about childcare as it relates to a concern for equality of opportunity, particularly in relation to gender equality. Survey shows that most people would pay higher taxes to subsidise childcare so that mothers of young children could return to work. Three-quarters of respondents believed that government should subsidise childcare to help lone mothers of pre-school children return to work, while half said that married women in the same position should also receive help.

OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL: SIXTH ANNUAL REPORT

Department for Work and Pensions

London: TSO, 2004 (Cm 6239)

Reports progress on the eradication of child poverty, getting people of working age off welfare and into work, improving public services, promotion of partnership working and dealing with area-based disadvantage.

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