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April 27, 2018 / C H Thompson

State welfare since 1979

  •  New Right philosophy heavily influenced Conservative governments from 1979 to 1997 by developing the principles of ‘self-help’
  • Self-help is the based upon the principle of the ‘deserving and undeserving poor’
  • Welfare (prior to 1979 welfare was known as social security) payments were targeted on those groups unable to help themselves – disabled, sick and elderly
  • Those who didn’t fall into the above category were expected to support themselves
  • Welfare was a ‘hand-up not a hand-out’



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