UK welfare reform 'uninspiring' and adding to economic woes and inequality

July 27, 2012

The terms of welfare reform and Labor market activation in the UK need to be re-set, according to a senior university policy expert Andrew Jones, director of the Local Economy Policy Unit at London South Bank University, and editor of Local Economy, published by SAGE. He warns that the UK Government's predominant philosophy towards the UK Welfare state accepts and supports social hierarchy and defends privilege. This, he argues, is re-creating and strengthening the conditions that provoked the 2007 economic crisis.

"The rapid movement along this current trajectory is being propelled by a dominant political party with a long-standing project of reducing taxes and rolling back the state…Its policies will create more poverty and economic instability," Jones says. Contextualizing UK in both its historical and international context, a special issue of Local Economy seeks to challenge and readdress how welfare reform is approached and debated in the UK.

Prompted by the current round of reform in the 2012 Welfare Reform Act, the special double issue includes a series of articles which look at social protection and labor market intervention, outline alternative models for the UK's welfare arrangements and reform trajectory in comparison to other countries, and debate whether or not the Reform Act will deliver on its claim for greater simplicity and better work incentives, an objective Jones is doubtful about.

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More information: "Welfare reform and labor market activation" by Andrew Jones published July 27 2012 in Local Economy.

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5 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2012
While Andrew's heart might be in the right place, this is not research but political advocacy against "educing taxes and rolling back the state". There is academic research relevant to this issue done from an impartial perspective--this does not appear--at least from its language and lack of specific findings--to be among that work.
1 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2012
Playing the Capitalist game is like gambling at Vegas. The cards are stacked against you, so don't whine if you lose your house and find yourself destitute and living on the street because you decided to play... and like everyone else in the crooked game... Lost.

The only way to win is to cheat, or not to play at all.

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