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Welfare & Social Security

Fit for Purpose

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Fit for Purpose The current system of Incapacity Benefit insists on all-or-nothing divisions into work or inactivity, health or ill-health, lack of disability or disability. Such crude reductionism fails to reflect the reality of health problems, disability or work as they are experienced by claimants. ? Incapacity Benefit is failing its claimants on two fronts. It has become a barrier to work as many claimants fear that taking steps towards employment will place their benefits at risk. It also fails to provide a decent income for people who are unable to work because of long-term health problems or disability. Kate Stanley and Dominic Maxwell call for a new benefits framework to create solid foundations for the long term. They set out practical policies to support people with health problems or disability get back to work and deliver a decent standard of living for those who can?t work is published by Institute for Public Policy Research

 

By Institute for Public Policy Research , UK .

Welfare and Social Security Policy Resource.


Meeting Complex Needs: the future of social care

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Meeting Complex Needs: the future of social care There is a significant gap in services for people with complex needs. People with complex needs may have to deal with a number of different issues in their lives, for example a learning disability, mental health problems, or substance abuse. The may also be living in deprived circumstances and lack access to stable housing or meaningful daily activity. This book presents a strategy for reform to meet complex needs. Arguing for government to make stronger connections between social care and social inclusion, it calls for a new kind of delivery model for people with complex needs who live in deprived neighbourhoods. The authors explore how frontline reforms might be achieved through a reformed commissioning process, as well as a commitment to purposeful cultural change. Attention to the process of translating policy into practice should ensure that social care services meet complex needs more effectively in the future. By Jennifer Rankin and Will Paxton of Institute for Public Policy Research.

 

By Institute for Public Policy Research , UK .

Welfare and Social Security Policy Resource.


Condemning a little less...And understanding a little more

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Condemning a little less...And understanding a little more This important new book reveals a long-awaited consensus across the mainstream of British politics on what it means to be poor and on the incidence of poverty in our country today. But this consensus is not a left-wing one. While Conservatives have rejected the wilder statements of their predecessors and come to accept that poverty is a relative term, the left have come to understand that the best solutions to social problems are often market-oriented ones. Despite the unexpected outbreak of consensus, the book reveals a challenging agenda for both the Conservative Opposition, some parts of which are still finding their feet on poverty-related issues, and for the Government, which is already so over-stretched in its public spending commitments. By Nicholas Hillman of Policy Exchange.

 

By Policy Exchange , UK.

Welfare and Social Security Policy Resource.


Beyond Bank Accounts: Full financial inclusion

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Beyond Bank Accounts: Full financial inclusion Many people's opportunities are limited and their poverty deepened through their experience of financial exclusion. This book suggests a second generation of financial inclusion policies for the government and other stakeholders to pursue. It is not just bout access to financial products but also the quality of engagement with those products and the need for individuals to develop skills and confidence to make informed decisions. By Sue Regan and Will Paxton of the Institute for Public Policy Research

 

By Institute for Public Policy Research , UK, US .

Welfare and Social Security Policy Resource.