Thursday

What has Ed Miliband actually proposed in his speech today?

1. Tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund compulsory workfare for long term unemployed for whom 10 out of the 25 hours of work would be training. If the work is not accepted, the workless person would lose benefits. 2. Require … Continue reading

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Tuesday

My meeting with Lady Thatcher and how it helped lead to the book I am now writing

  Below is the account I wrote (with the comments received) just after my unexpected meeting with Lady Thatcher. Partly as a result of that meeting, I am now working on a book in which I am describing the impact … Continue reading

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Monday

The Coalition’s welfare reforms – how important are they?

Some of the Coalition’s major reforms of the welfare state begin today. Two that have gained a lot of attention are the ‘bedroom tax’ which is a reduction in housing benefit for those council tenants who have a spare room … Continue reading

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Friday

Don’t reform the NHS. Abolish it.

There is a scene near the beginning of the film, Casablanca, where a crime takes place and, in response, the chief of police commands, “Round up the usual suspects!” He knows this will not reveal the culprit. Doubtless his staff … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Healthcare and the NHS, Reform
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Tuesday

The ‘vision’ for welfare that I offered on “The State of Welfare” on BBC radio 4 today.

James Bartholomew James Bartholomew is the author of The Welfare State We’re In. The welfare system proposed by Lord Beveridge was a good one. But gradually his system was corrupted by politicians who, unlike him, knew nothing of welfare. They … Continue reading

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Tuesday

“The State of Welfare” and the truth about fraud.

On the ‘State of Welfare’ programme on BBC Radio 4 programme, I was astonished at how certain people kept on protesting and arguing that there is very little fraud. There is a world of a difference between the amount of … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Behaviour & Crime, Media, including BBC bias, Reform, Welfare benefits
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Monday

The State of Welfare – BBC 3 hour programme

BBC Radio 4 has a three hour programme from 10am to 1pm on “The State of Welfare” tomorrow on the anniversary of the Beveridge report. I will be appearing for 10 minutes or so probably between 11.20 and 11.45. I … Continue reading

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Friday

The drop in lone parent benefit claimants is now substantial – much bigger than the drop in those on incapacity benefits

There have been quite big drops in the numbers claiming two of the big benefits claimed by people of working age. Since February 2007, the number claiming Income Support as a lone parent has dropped by 225,000 from about 770,000 … Continue reading

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Wednesday

The unnoticed success of welfare reform.

The big story in British welfare has been missed. The activity rate has risen. Sounds technical? It just means that more people are available for work. That is really important. The big thing that happened as the welfare state got … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Parenting, Reform, Welfare benefits
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Tuesday

The drive towards ‘lower inequality’

This idea is not going away. As part of the research for my new book, I visited the OECD last week and interviewed eight people there. The concept of low inequality being a ‘good thing’ was referred to explicitly or … Continue reading

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