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Loaning supplementary benefit and the introduction of the social fund

Grover, Christopher (2008) Loaning supplementary benefit and the introduction of the social fund. Social Policy and Administration, 42 (5). pp. 470-486. ISSN 0144-5596

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Abstract

This paper discusses an episode in social security policy making that has until now remained unexplored. This is the review, at the request of then Labour Secretary of State for Social Services, Richard Crossman MP, in the latter months of 1969 and early 1970 into the possibility of introducing loans to the Supplementary Benefit system as a replacement for some exceptional needs and exceptional circumstances payments. The paper examines files held at the National Archives to discuss the nature and extent of the proposed scheme and the objections of civil servants to loaning Supplementary Benefit. The paper demonstrates how the worst-case scenario outlined by civil servants in 1970 was introduced some 15 years later as Social Fund loans. The paper then discusses economic, ideological and social change that provided the context for the introduction of loans as part of the Social Fund in the 1980s.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 59055
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 16:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59055

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