Good times, bad times

Good times, bad times

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Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes on the welfare state and where the money is spent a€“ healthcare, education, pensions, benefits a€“ is the centre of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it a€“ 'skivers' and 'strivers', 'them' and 'us'. This ground-breaking book, written by one of the UKa€™s leading social policy experts, uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge that view. It shows that our complex and ever-changing lives mean that all of us rely on the welfare state throughout our lifetimes, not just a small a€˜welfare-dependenta€™ minority. Using everyday life stories and engaging graphics, Hills clearly demonstrates how the facts are far removed from the myths.But other benefits and tax credits were all over the place.At the start of the year, Gary hada Working Tax Creditof justAp7a month addedin with his pay. When Denise queried thiswith the HMRC helpline, theyexplained that this wasthe right anbsp;...

Title:Good times, bad times
Author:John Hills
Publisher:Policy Press - 2014-11-12


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