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Social Policy in a Cold ClimatePolicies and their Consequences Since the Crisis$
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Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Kitty Stewart, and Polly Vizard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327714

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327714.001.0001

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Public and private welfare

Public and private welfare

(p.217) Ten Public and private welfare
Social Policy in a Cold Climate

Tania Burchardt

Polina Obolenskaya

Policy Press

This chapter analyses how the pattern of total spending, including both consumer and tax-financed expenditure, has evolved since 1979. Using the three dimensions of public and private finance, provision and decision, and looking across and within the areas of education, health, personal care, income maintenance and housing, it reveals that the growth in consumer spending has outstripped the growth in public spending, and that there has been an on-going shift within publicly-financed services from the “pure public” (publicly provided and centrally decided) towards more varied forms, including contracted out services, and voucher-type schemes. The analysis suggests that the period of the Coalition government did not mark a step change, although some pre-existing trends were accelerated.

Keywords:   consumer expenditure, private finance, private provision, mixed economy of welfare, public spending

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