Social Policy

Labour's Plans Could Destroy the Welfare State, Not Save It

Daniel Sage | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Sage

A good start for Labour would have been to expand the contributory principle, not further target it, whilst explicitly focusing on supporting young people, rather than restricting access to social security. If the causes of such deep, attitudinal change in the UK are indeed linked to the decline of the contributory principle and the changing views of young people, today's proposals by Labour could end up having the complete opposite effect.

White Working Class Underachievement Is Not Simply About Individual Families

Dan Silver | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Dan Silver

White working class underachievement is not simply about individual families. We must recognise the marginalisation that many communities are experiencing. Until we do this, the cycle of underachievement will continue; most importantly, the blame-game will not help the very children who we want to support to succeed.

All Same All Unique

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I know I have more care and support than many people with my level of impairment, although I work and I am driven to make a bigger contribution to society because that is who I am, rather than anything I have chosen.

Adieu the European Social Model?

Thomas Prosser | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Prosser

Though last week's opening of the Dutch parliament may have caught some eyes for reason of King Willem-Alexander's maiden public appearance, others wi...

A Plan to Tackle Youth Unemployment

Alvin Carpio | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

In Newham, the borough I was born and raised in, over 3,000 young people are unemployed. Across Britain, one million young people are unemployed. We have been called the lost generation, the scarred generation, the hopeless generation. We are not 'generation y', we are generation 'y is it so hard to get a job?'

The Secret State of Homelessness

Sean Axtell | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Politics
Sean Axtell

Figures released this year by the Department for Councils and Local Government shows an upsurge by nearly 6% of people sleeping rough in the last thee years - it leapt from 2,181 in 2011 to 2,309 in 2012.

Calculating the Social Premium

Phil Shanks | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Governments need to get out of the habit of giving our money away. Grants should be reserved for charities. In all other aspects of governmental spending both nationally and locally they should be asking the question: 'what's in it for us?'

What Are Our Children's Homes for? What Do We Want Them to Do?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

In every children's homes placement, there are many human factors to consider. Decisions as to how to meet the needs of the young people require experience, knowledge, training and know-how. Looked after children and children's homes deserve the support of their corporate parents, including you and me, engaging in complex public discussion rather than simplistic sensationalism.

Death By Cupcake: The Fetishization of Motherhood

Jody Day | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jody Day

Children are treated like precious and breakable artefacts and motherhood has become a competitive and rarified sport.

High-Risk Stakes on Flood Insurance

Gavin Shuker | Posted 08.05.2012 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Flooding is the biggest environmental threat facing the UK, according to Defra chief Scientist Sir Bob Watson. The risks of flooding are projected in increase significantly across the UK.

The Affliction of Intellectuals Who See All Sides of an Argument

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK
Hugh Salmon

Late last year, I read the obituary of former Cabinet Minister, Sir Timothy Raison. He served under Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, apparently 'ga...

Who Cares for the Squeezed Middle-Aged?

Sophie Moullin | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK Politics
Sophie Moullin

Offering a better deal for family care would help make the case for higher spending on social care.