Good times and bad times: the welfare myth of them and us

  • Start Date: December 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • End Date: December 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm
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  • Location: B62, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park
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Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes on the welfare state and where the money is spent – healthcare, education, pensions, benefits – is the centre of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it – ‘skivers’ and ‘strivers’, ‘them’ and ‘us’.

Based on his ground-breaking book, John Hills uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge that view. It shows that all of us rely on the welfare state throughout our lifetimes, not just a small ‘welfare-dependent’ minority.

Using everyday life stories and engaging graphics, Hills clearly demonstrates how the facts are far removed from the myths.

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