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The failure of Beveridge

Miller, Anne (1984) The failure of Beveridge. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 10 (1). pp. 69-72. ISSN 0306-7866

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The "Supplementary Benefit Review" was issued by the Department of Health and Social Security on 16 May 1984. Since it is well known that the social security system is in a complete mess, the announcement of a substantial re-examination such as this, surely, can only be welcomed as a long overdue first step towards a major improvement - or can it? This economic perspective considers the merits of the proposals and examines the problems with the current social security system. Alternative approaches are also proposed.