Centre for Welfare Reform

22 Jun 2010 by Karl Hallam

Sheffield may have had a bad few days, with the 100 million of cuts announced last week still being digested. That is not to stay that it is all doom and gloom, with it seeming to be a place where a lot of interesting thinking is going on at the moment. Cadence collaborator Danny Dorling's latest book Injustice has caused a stir, with its update of Beveridge's 'Giant Evils' of 'Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness'. He has identified five new tenets of injustice, 'elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good; and despair is inevitable'. He does not just leave it at that, but points towards ways to address them in ways that some policy makers may find attractive.

Another Sheffield-based organisation is also developing an interesting strand of work on welfare reform, which is good as they are called the Centre for Welfare Reform. It has been set up by Simon Duffy who was instrumental in getting personalisation and Self-directed support on the previous government's radar. The Centre says that the current system is flawed and that an 'effective welfare system should:

We will watch their work with interest and look for opportunities to further develop Sheffield'srole as a place to look to for creative responses to the challenges the UK faces.






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