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Consent and public spending

Andrew Harrop

Exploring new models of taxation After the financial crisis, when tax revenues collapsed and public deficits soared, social democrats sought new ways of pursuing social justice which were less reliant on public spending. They rightly focused on the reform of markets, on tax justice and on expanding collectivist, non-market spaces outside the confines of the…

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Book review: For whose benefit?

Claire Sewell

For Whose Benefit? The everyday realities of welfare reform, Ruth Patrick, Policy Press, 2017, £19.99 Since the general election, poverty has been hitting the headlines. The most recent critics of Conservative welfare cuts have included PM Gordon Brown who has warned: “There will soon be more people in poverty in May’s Britain – 15.7 million…

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The social insecurity system

Sue Watson

We should be more understanding when people need financial help, because the reality is that most people claim social security benefits at some point in their lives, writes Dole Animator, Sue Watson.  Well what a few years it has been! I had plans for my future having just started an aromatherapy business in 2007. These included…

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