Attitudes of different generations to the welfare system: summary

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Duffy, Bobby; Hall, Suzanne; Pope, Sarah
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 September 2013
Social Policy
Social welfare
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On a range of measures, support for the welfare system has fallen dramatically over the last two decades. People have become less likely to support greater spending on welfare, and more likely to believe that the system produces the wrong results. However, the system has not lost all support. People remain positive about support that goes to certain groups, particularly pensioners and disabled people. But the shift in public attitudes remains dramatic, and forms an important backdrop to the debates about welfare reform today.This study examines those shifts in detail by looking at changes in attitudes by generation.

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