Public Finance, Oct 8th-14th 1999, p. 20-21
Argues that to facilitate the development of joined-up solutions to the worst social problems, central and local government budgets should be organised not by functions or services but around outcomes and geographical areas. Local communities also need to be genuinely involved, with devolved decision-making and budgets.
Guardian, Sept. 22nd 1999, p. 4
Welfare groups welcomed the government's promised anti-poverty campaign, but expressed disappointment that targets for improvement in key indicators were unquantified, and that ministers had not set a minimum income standard by which safety-net benefits would be linked to an income considered the least necessary to sustain an individual or family.
(See also Financial Times, Sept 22nd 1999, p. 13; Independent, Sept. 22nd 1999, p. 4.
Public Finance, Oct 15th-21st 1999, p. 18-19
Underfunded and often demoralised, managers in a range of public services, such as inner city hospitals, schools in deprived areas and overworked social services departments, teeter on the edge of disaster on a daily basis.
Independent, Sept. 22nd 1999, p. 3
Praises Labour government's strategy to reduce poverty as the most coherent social policy seen in the UK Since the war. It treats the problem of deprivation as an issue for all departments and agencies, rather than just those dealing with welfare.
Labour Research, vol. 88, no. 11, 1999, p. 15-16
The government has set out a wide range of targets to reduce poverty, the central one being to eradicate child poverty within 20 years. While poverty campaigners have welcomed the plans, they note that improvement will be hard to achieve without improvements in benefits.
Department of Social Security
London: TSO, (Cm. 4445) 1999
First official audit of poverty paints a depressing picture of life for the quarter of the population with incomes below the poverty line of £132.00 per week. A third of all children live in poverty, and one fifth live in workless households. More than half of the 5-6 million people claiming income support, jobseekers' allowance or incapacity benefit have been dependent on benefits for more than two years, while thousands leave school every year without basic skills. Includes a wide range of indicators against which progress in combating poverty can be measured. Key indicators include:
C. Jones and T. Novak
London: Routledge, 1999
Authors map out the dynamics of poverty over time and describe how the welfare state responds to that poverty. Argues that the poor are demonised, marginalised and blamed for their own predicament.
Guardian, Oct. 11th 1999, p. 16
Argues that public services including the NHS and the social security system can be effectively improved by according consumers guaranteed and legally enforceable rights to a given level of service.
Financial Times, Oct. 22nd 1999, p. 23
Argues that Britain should look to the leading European countries rather than the US for ideas about the reform of health care, education and social security.
J. Le Grand
Guardian, Sept. 21st 1999, p. 17
Reports that the role of the Department of Social Security is changing from alleviating poverty through cash benefits to preventing it from occurring in the first place. Strategies to tackle the risk factors that lead to poverty are long term, expensive to implement, and require partnership working between government ministries.