Fran Bennett

  • Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state?

    Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)
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    In the recent celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the implementation of the majority of Beveridge’s welfare state reforms, the National Insurance Acts and the National Assistance Act, which together introduced a nationwide system of national insurance and a means-tested safety net, seem to have been forgotten. Fran Bennett looks at what happened.

  • The costs of compliance

    Issue 134 (Autumn 2009)
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    Claimants of benefits and tax credits incur a range of costs. These include financial costs, as well as the time and psychological impact associated with making a claim and meeting the various requirements imposed by the Government. Could these costs be taken into account when considering policy changes?

  • Universal credit: the gender impact

    Issue 140 (Autumn 2011)
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    The government’s plans to introduce a new universal credit are intended to improve work incentives and simplify a complex benefits system, but may work against its duty to promote gender equality. Here, Fran Bennett, drawing on work for the Women’s Budget Group, looks at the impact the new benefit may have on gender issues, in particular on financial autonomy for women.