Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes to the welfare state, and where the money is spenthealthcare, education, pensions, benefitsis the center of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the population is divided into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it. But this groundbreaking book, written by a top UK social policy expert, uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge that view. It shows that our complex and ever-changing lives mean that all of us rely on the welfare state throughout our lifetimes, not just a small welfare-dependent minority. Using everyday life stories and engaging graphics, John Hills clearly demonstrates how the facts are far removed from the popular misconceptions.
John Hills is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy and codirector of the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is coauthor, most recently, of Wealth in the UK: Distribution, Accumulation, and Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'Them and us'
Are the poor too expensive? Redistribution and the welfare state
The long view: Social policies and the life cycle
It’s complicated: High frequency living
Good years, bad years: Reacting to change
The long wave: Wealth and retirement
The longest wave: From generation to generation
A moving backdrop: Economic crisis, cuts, growth and ageing
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