Restricting Social Security in Britain: The Household Benefit Cap

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. The Household Benefit Cap (HBC) in Britain restricts the amount of benefit income an unemployed household can receive. It was announced in 2010 and reduced in value in the 2015 budget. It is important to understand… Continue reading Restricting Social Security in Britain: The Household Benefit Cap

Tackling Tax Policies That Reinforce Inequalities

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society. Click here to access the article. The long and persisting neglect of tax reliefs and their distribution means that their contribution to reinforcing and even enlarging social and economic inequalities is almost entirely overlooked. At present many of us, particularly if we are… Continue reading Tackling Tax Policies That Reinforce Inequalities

Adult Social Care and Self-Funding: What Does a Fairer System Look Like?

This is a guest post by Silvia Miele Self-funding in England In the UK, healthcare is generally free at the point of delivery through the NHS, yet provision of social care is restrained by eligibility criteria and means-testing. In recent decades, the number of individuals paying for their own social care has been increasing. This… Continue reading Adult Social Care and Self-Funding: What Does a Fairer System Look Like?

The Role of Work in Journeys Out of Homelessness

This blog is based on an article in the Journal of Social Policy. Click here to access the article. Paid work has long been emphasised by governments as a route out of homelessness, even when combined with problems like substance misuse, criminality or mental ill health. This study examined whether work really serves to accelerate… Continue reading The Role of Work in Journeys Out of Homelessness

Strong Relationships With Employment Caseworkers Help People Get Jobs

This blog is based on an article in Social Policy and Society. Click here to access the article. A strong relationship between social assistance recipients and their caseworkers increases the likelihood of employment and participation in education. This is the main finding of our new article in Social Policy and Society: “Relationships Matter – The… Continue reading Strong Relationships With Employment Caseworkers Help People Get Jobs