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The Policy Con Is On: Welfare and workfare in Cameron's Britain

The Policy Con Is On: Welfare and workfare in Cameron's Britain

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A collection of my blog posts focusing on the Coalition Government's welfare reform agenda. It covers social security reform, housing benefit changes, workfare, poverty, the minimum wage, and the divisiveness of the Government’s policy narratives around “welfare”.
A collection of my blog posts focusing on the Coalition Government's welfare reform agenda. It covers social security reform, housing benefit changes, workfare, poverty, the minimum wage, and the divisiveness of the Government’s policy narratives around “welfare”.

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The policy con is on
Welfare and workfare in Cameron’s Britain
 
Alex Marsh
 
 
About the author
Alex Marsh started his blog
 
 Alex’s Archives
 
in October 2010. The
 blog’s audience has
grown steadily. Since June 2012 it has regularly featured among the Top 100 politics blogs inthe UK on the ebuzzing.com monthly ranking.The blog covers a wide range of topics, but its focus is issues relating to housing andsocial policy, economics and public policy, and political processes under the Coalitiongovernment.
Alex’s posts have also appeared on group blogs including Dale&Co.,
Liberal DemocratVoice, the Guardian Housing Network blog, LSE British Politics and Policy blog, and LSEImpact of Social Sciences blog.Outside the blogo
sphere Alex’s day job is as Professor of Public Policy at the University
of Bristol, where he is currently Head of the School for Policy Studies. He has publishedacademic articles in a variety of housing and policy journals. His most recent book is the
Sage Library in Housing Economics
 , which he edited with Ken Gibb of Glasgow University.www.alexsarchives.orgwww.alex-marsh.netThe material in this collection is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
 
Cover image: © Kara-Kotsya - Fotolia.comPublished: April 2013
 
 
Contents
Preamble 1
“Us” and “them”. Yes, them over there. The benefit scroungers.
2The requirement to work looks imminent
why not locate it all in one place? 3The great unmentionable: in-work poverty 5Tricky business down at the job centre 6Compassionate, careless or conniving? 7
The Work Programme isn’t working … and that raises bigger i
ssues 10Humanising welfare reform 13In praise of absolute poverty 15Creating division, sowing discord 16Is the quiet man about to turn up the volume? 18
Cameron’s war on welfare
20On the woeful Work Programme 22
There’s money to be made from “responsibilizing” the poor
24Social security reform: populist or progressive? 25Refreshing Beveridge 28Policy challenges around welfare reform 32
Osbo’s poverty trap and pinging the elastic of rea
lity 37The gathering storm 39The politics of the bedroom tax 42Curbing the welfare hate 44Messing with the minimum wage 47

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