Squaring the circle? Means testing and individualisation in the UK and Australia

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Abstract

As means-tested benefits have come to occupy a more central place in the UK system of income transfers, so the goal of an individualised system seems to have receded. However, there is also a developing policy interest in the situation and status of the individual in the social welfare system. Individual assessment of labour market circumstances is central to the New Deal programmes, and the ‘partners’ of those receiving social security benefits have become a target group for policy in their own right. This article outlines the policy issues, describes the measures that have been introduced so far, compares these with the Australian moves towards ‘partial individualisation’, and discusses some key issues in the reform agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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