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Betrayal of the welfare state 70 years on

Betrayal of the welfare state 70 years on
The list of legislation brought forward by Atlee's government shows that along with opportunities for access to education came a house building programme, free health services and, above all, a comprehensive programme of benefits to deal with unemployment, old age and much more besides. It was a 'brave new world' indeed.

Main legislative measures of the post-war Labour government :

·         1945 Family Allowances Act

·         1946 National Insurance Act

·         1946 National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act

·         1946 National Health Service Act (implemented July 1948)

·         1947 Town and Country Planning Act

·         1947 New Towns Act

·         1948 National Assistance Act

·         1948 Children Act

·         1949 Housing Act

Today we see a dismantaling of the fundamental tenaments of the welfare system and the NHS through profiteering, inequality and suffering. The story titles are as follows

-High Court finds DWP unlawful on universal credit assessments
-Neoliberalism and the crisis in health and social care

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