Its extremely common, everywhere, for large numbers of people to pay no net tax. It tells us nothing about the size of the welfare state or about whether it bribes people to keep tax high.
Self-help books can help us get through difficult times by telling us we have the agency to take control. But this method can also ignore structural inequities and negatively influence public policy.
Lots of things have happened in a century, but poverty has proven persistently hard to treat.
An April 2017 survey explored Americans’ opinions about government intervention and welfare policies. It found that on average, they want more from their government, but are highly polarised.
From the 20th-century process of policy trial and error, the nations that married the strengths of markets and government came out ahead.
New research on the future of the welfare state found people lack confidence in the whole system of government, rather than individual politicians.
From a certain perspective, we're already on the road to practicing a 'progressive eugenics' not a million miles away from what was imagined historically.
Thousands queued to buy the report by William Beveridge that would lay the foundations for Britain's modern welfare state.
It was meant to provide a more streamlined and coherent system – but it isn't working.
The rollout of the new benefit system will not be paused – but it is causing real hardship.
New research on implicit attitudes to people who receive benefits shows how pervasive hostility towards them is.
This problem masks a greater threat to the welfare state than it first appears.
Labour's pro-NHS, anti-cuts message appealed to both Leavers and Remainers.
One policy above all others will haunt the Tory election campaign to the bitter end.
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
Changes to the national insurance tax for self-employed people was one of the most controversial parts of the 2017 spring budget.
Fewer than half a million people are currently receiving the new, simplified benefit according to newly released data.
Pencil by default: the digital skills demanded by the welfare system may baffle Daniel Blake, but he is resourceful, creative and willing to work.
Individual cases that seem on the outside to be morally problematic are difficult to assess, and shouldn't also be held up as the norm.
New report shows millions in the UK are denied essential financial services because of disability, disease and age.