Tag: benefits

  • When are we going to stop banging on about benefits?

    When are we going to stop banging on about benefits?

    Does the amount we spend on benefits for the unemployed justify the attention they get? We write a lot about welfare benefits on this blog. They’re an important part of social policy that rarely spends long out of the newspaper headlines.

  • Why don’t we want to pay unemployment benefits? Pt.2

    Why don’t we want to pay unemployment benefits? Pt.2

    This is part two of my duo of posts on why support for unemployment benefits seems to have crashed over the last 15-20 years. Last time I focused on what’s been going on in people’s heads. I argued that people have developed a host of negative associations around the word ‘benefits’, and that most people’s […]

  • Why don’t we want to pay unemployment benefits? Pt.1

    Why don’t we want to pay unemployment benefits? Pt.1

    Inspired by Ben’s recent batch of posts on the benefits system, I wanted to spend some time talking a bit more about how people on benefits are perceived, and how and why that might have changed over time. In his detailed discussion of conditionality and deservingness, Ben drew attention to the pretty steep decline in […]