This series of essays, with a foreword by Lord John Hutton, explores the crisis of legitimacy in working age welfare.
It examines the policy options for what to do about financial support for the unemployed. Should it be more generous? Should it be less generous? Or should we somehow revive the central plank of Beveridge’s 1942 proposals: benefits claimed as a right based on past contribution? The essays conclude with radical proposals for an entirely new direction of reform, putting social networks at the heart of the welfare system.