Welfare reform: Canterbury tales

Friday, 10 June 2011

Synopsis

"The politics of it are clear from a recent piece of polling for the rightwing thinktank Policy Exchange, which found that nearly two-thirds of those questioned defined fairness not as any kind of equal shares but as getting what you deserve. In the context of welfare reform, it is a short step from the idea of just deserts to the argument that some poor people are more deserving than others. Not surprisingly, the same poll found overwhelming support for the kind of stringent requirements for those claiming out of work benefits, and sanctions for those who failed to meet them, that are included in the current welfare reform legislation."

See the full article on The Guardian's website