"An imaginary foreign observer would certainly be struck by our gentleness; by the orderly behaviour of English crowds, the lack of pushing and quarrelling."
George Orwell, 1944, 'The English People' in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell.
"A splendid book. It's a devastating critique of the welfare state. A page-turner, yet also extensively sourced. Demonstrates how attempts to achieve good intentions have led to horrible results -- increasing crime and violence, worsened conditions of the very poor, an extraordinary deterioration in the quality and character of British life.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winner.
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Before the welfare state
The Greycoat Hospital
The Greycoat Hospital was once a workhouse. It has since been a hospital and a school. It has a very long welfare history. It has now been taken over by the state.
- The Greycoat Hospital
Education and State
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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
The biggest moments in British welfare state history: 1.) 1536-47 Expropriation of the monasteries and priories by Henry VIII which removed much of the church welfare that existed at the time. 2.) 1601 Crystallisation of the Poor Laws that had … Continue reading
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
Tom Sefton A pregnant woman has to walk 4.5 miles to collect a food parcel from a foodbank in B’ham. Is this the kind of society we want to live in? James Bartholomew @TASefton Is it a problem for the … Continue reading
Newsnight on BBC2 is due to have a large segment on the welfare state tonight. I am to be one of the panellists. Apparently we will be looking at the change in attitudes to the welfare state.
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
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
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
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
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