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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2006): Welfare State - UK

N. Timmins

Financial Times, February 22nd 2006, p.4

Competition is essential for the survival of the welfare state and will improve social justice and equity as well as efficiency and responsiveness according to former health adviser Le Grand. While critics say that people want good schools rather than choice, polling and U.S. studies show that schools “performed better” when subject to competition. More funding could be made available for high-cost patients and pupils in deprived areas to avoid sink schools and hospitals creaming off easier, cheaper patients.

[See also Times, February 22nd 2006 p.30]

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