Something for something: restoring a contributory principle to the welfare state

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O'Leary, Duncan
Date of publication
3 June 2013
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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Recent years have seen a growing interest in the contributory principle in welfare. Polling has signalled a sea change in public attitudes, with many disillusioned by the current system, feeling it promotes a 'nothing for something' culture. Something for Something explores a new idea for contributory welfare. It lays out a cost-neutral alternative which would ultimately create a two-tier system for Job Seekers Allowance to reward work and encourage a greater sense of reciprocity within benefits - the basis for public support for the welfare system.

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