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The surprising truth about benefits stigma in Britain

This article was originally posted on the LSE Politics & Policy blog – it’s a co-written post by me, Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney, based on our new report on the stigma of claiming benefits that  came out last week. If you don’t pay … Continue reading

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The Coalition, benefit cuts, and income inequality

This is a piece that first appeared in One Society‘s ‘half-term report’ on the Coalition Government and inequality (references and footnotes available in the full report). The whole (short!) edited volume is also worth a read, containing articles by Kate … Continue reading

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The positive and negative consequences of the welfare state

In a previous post, I argued that people had exaggerated the extent to which public support for the benefits system had fallen in Britain. Here, I want to look at another aspect of this that also came out recently – … Continue reading

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Sickness benefits, suspicion, and anxiety

In a guest post, Kayleigh Garthwaite talks about her recent research with sickness benefit claimants.  Prompted by a hostile email from a GP after speaking about her research recently on national radio, Kayleigh reflects on the real barriers that sickness benefit … Continue reading

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The misreported death of solidarity in Britain

It’s rare for journalists to be waiting for social research with baited breath, pens poised and column inches left blank in anticipation. But the annual release of the ‘British Social Attitudes’ series does just that, a testament to just how … Continue reading

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Paul Gregg: new ideas for disability, employment and welfare reform

While cuts to benefits and services will affect most people in the UK, disabled people have arguably been ‘the hardest hit’ – but while this makes the newspapers on a regular basis, academics have been slower to try and piece together … Continue reading

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Romney’s Tirade against the Bottom Half Does Not Represent American Values

I was going to blog about some new education research, but that can wait. I feel compelled, instead, to write about Mitt Romney’s closed-door comments about government dependency, which were leaked by Mother Jones yesterday. Here’s what Romney told a … Continue reading

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Do people overestimate the levels of benefits?

For a couple of years now, I’ve had a poster on the wall of my office that shows the amount that different benefits in the UK are worth. When people notice it they’re often surprised by the headline levels of … Continue reading

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Why is the Romney Campaign Lying about Welfare?

Mudslinging and downright distortion are now an integral part of the presidential race, but one recent advertisement from the Romney campaign stands out. The ad slams Obama for allegedly changing the work requirements that were set under the 1996 welfare … Continue reading

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Rising inequalities in bereavement and funeral benefits

Bereavement is one of the most common risks that we all have to face – each year about 220,000 people in Britain lose a partner (see p3 of this report), it is claimed 24,000 children lose a parent, and there are … Continue reading

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