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21st Century Welfare and the Wage-Work-Welfare Bargain

PUTTICK, Keith (2012) 21st Century Welfare and the Wage-Work-Welfare Bargain. Industrial Law Journal, 41 (1). pp. 122-131. ISSN 0305-9332

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The Coalition government has been pursuing an ambitious programme of changes to employment-related social security following a promise to carry out ‘the biggest shake up of the welfare and benefits system for sixty years’. Proposals in 21st Century Welfare (2010, Cm 7913) and Universal Credit: Welfare that Works (2010, Cm 7957) were followed by legislation, namely the Welfare Reform Bill 2011. Some initiatives are new, including a scheme replacing most benefits and tax credits with a single benefit, Universal Credit (UC), and a power to impose a ‘cap’ on claimants’ benefit income. Other features such as greater benefits ‘conditionality’ are more familiar. This article considers the importance of the State's contribution to the wage-work bargain, the results of reform of the tax credits system, and the impact on what is described by the author as the 'wage-work-welfare bargain'.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Law
Depositing User: Keith PUTTICK
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 12:40
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 03:47

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