Seven decades on from the Beveridge report, our welfare state is under threat. Widening inequalities, a dysfunctional economy, moribund democracy, dangerous erosion of social solidarity, threats to the natural environment and an agenda of economic austerity all pose major challenges. Meeting these will require both a new macroeconomics and new approach to public services that engages communities and targets social problems at their root cause.
- 20.8 per cent of benefits go to employed people on low incomes. Just 2.6 per cent is spent on the able-bodied unemployed.
- The UK government spends £25 billion a year on the consequences of social breakdown rather than on its underlying causes.
Publication // November 30, 2012
The Beveridge Report was designed to deal with extreme social and economic conditions. Beveridge called it ‘a time for revolutions, not for patching’.1 Seven decades later, we face an entirely new set of problems. We might call them the ‘five giants’ of the post-Beveridge era. More
Publication // April 4, 2012
We must getbetter at preventing harm – to people, planet and the economy. This calls forlong-term planning, upstream investment and early action. It will improvepeople’s quality of life, make better use of public money, reduce the need forcostly state services and help to safeguard the future. Preventing harm isessential if we are to make the Great Transition to a sustainablefuture.More