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Good times, bad times, the welfare myth of them and us, John Hills

Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes on the welfare state and where the money is spent <U+0127> healthcare, education, pensions, benefits <U+0127> is the centre of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it <U+0127> 'skivers' and 'strivers', 'them' and 'us'. This ground-breaking book, written by one of the UK's leading social policy experts, 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, Hills clearly demonstrates how the facts are far removed from the myths.--, Provided by Publisher
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 -- Conclusion : Britain's misunderstood welfare state
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
xviii, 334 pages, illustrations, 22 cm.

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