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Cutting social security and tax credit spending

Grover, Christopher (2011) Cutting social security and tax credit spending. Benefits: a Journal of Social Security Research Policy and Practice, 19 (3). pp. 235-248. ISSN 1759-8273

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Abstract

Since being elected in May 2010, the coalition government in the United Kingdom has announced spending cuts that by 2014/15, it is estimated, will save the state £81 billion per annum. It announced the cuts in two exercises – an ‘emergency Budget’ in June 2010 and a Comprehensive Spending Review in October 2010. In this paper we focus on one aspect of the cuts – those related to social security and tax credit spending. The paper examines the scale and nature of the cuts by focusing on the indexation and capping of benefits, making benefits more selective and the fate of contributory benefits in the cuts. The paper argues that the package of cuts to benefits and tax credits represents themes – constraining expenditure by restricting increases in, and the eligibility criteria for, benefits – that are familiar in social security policy. The consequence will be the long-term erosion of the scope and value of social security benefits and tax credits.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Benefits: a Journal of Social Security Research Policy and Practice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 59044
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 16:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2013 11:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59044

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