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Nicholas Timmins

Nicholas Timmins is the author of the award-winning The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State, a fully updated version of which was published on November 2 by William Collins. He is a former public policy editor at the Financial Times, and a senior fellow at both the Institute for Government and the King’s Fund.

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Beveridge and the five giants – 75 years on

Nicholas Timmins

December 1st is the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge report. The founding document of the UK’s modern welfare state. And it is an anniversary of which the Fabians, as much as anyone, can be proud. After all, it was Beatrice Webb’s minority report to the Royal Commission on the Poor Law that is widely seen…