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Burying Beveridge
 — the Conservatives and social security reform
Author(s)Stirling Smith
Corporate AuthorWorkers' Educational Association - WEA
Journal titleStudies for Trade Unionists, vol 11, no 43, July 1985
Pages26 pp
KeywordsSocial security benefits ; Services ; Social policy ; Comments or Evidence submitted.
AnnotationThe Conservative government's 1984 Green Paper, "The reform of social security" (Cmnd 9517), had as one of its aims the abolition of SERPS (State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme). This booklet attempts to explain the wider background to Norman Fowler's review, and to analyse the Green Paper in terms of its strategy. It agrees that the UK social security system is in crisis, but that the crisis looks different to different people. It outlines development of state provision before and since Beveridge; and the system of claimants and benefits that has evolved. Whilst a major review of the system was required, Beveridge's structure was not fully implemented and also had flaws. The author views the likely aims of the Fowler review as being: to save money by cutting benefits and staff; to help the growth of low paid jobs; and to encourage the privatisation of benefits. The author outlines his alternative strategy. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930510013 P
ClassmarkJH: I: TM2: 6PM *

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