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The Future of Welfare  – Chapter 6: Revisiting Beveridge: principles for affordable, sustainable welfare

(Contribution to collection of essays published by Theos, 2014)



Broken Hearts – family decline and the impact on society (2002)

This paper summarises the evidence on family breakdown in Britain today and the outcomes for children. It considers the politics of the family and why there seems to be such reluctance to face up to solutions. It also calls for a set of policies to reverse the current decline in family stability.

“It would be difficult to find a more succinct and beautifully presented account” – Robert Whelan, Civitas March 2002


Choosing to be Different – Women, work and family (2003)

Evidence shows that the choices women make are based on a different set of priorities from those of their male counterparts. Women today have no difficulty in regarding themselves as equal with men – but they do not consider themselves the same.


The Price of Parenthood (2005)

Examining the ways in which government policies have penalised marriage and subsidised family break up.

“an important new report ” – Leading article, Sunday Times, 23 January 2005


The Nationalisation of Childhood (2006)

An examination of the “Every Child Matters” agenda, including a review of the evidence on Sure Start and a critique of the reform of child protection services.

“a brilliant pamphlet” – Tom Utley, Daily Telegraph 10 March 2006


Who Do They Think We Are? (2008)

A critique of Labour’s Transformational Government agenda, based on information sharing and central control, reviewing its implications for individual responsibility and personal privacy.

“The wider implications of Mr Brown’s ‘personalisation’ programme are powerfully outlined” – Fraser Nelson, The Spectator 6 February 2008


What’s Wrong with 50p (2009)

Why the 50p tax rate is unfair, complex, uncertain, inefficient and damaging to the economy.


The Reality Gap (2009)

An analysis of the failure of big government, identifying five techniques deployed by the last Labour government  in its efforts to persuade the British people that “big government knows best”.