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Devolution and social citizenship in the UK$
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Scott L. Greer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420367

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420367.001.0001

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Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance

Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance

(p.137) Eight Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance
Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Iain McLean

Guy Lodge

Katie Schmuecker

Policy Press

This chapter argues that financial formulae matter. Graduates are taught that all serious policy takes money. Where, then, does the money come from and how is it allocated? Like the UK, the chapter focuses on allocation, since the money overwhelmingly comes from UK taxes under the reserved control of Westminster. That limits the political rights of citizens to vary their obligations, and puts the focus on the extent to which the allocation of funds to the different parts of the UK reflects a coherent concept of equality and whether they deliver it. The chapter holds that current UK financial arrangements work against any shared concept of citizenship because they create inequality for no good reason. While similar levels of funding do not guarantee shared social citizenship, they certainly contribute to governments' ability to achieve it.

Keywords:   Westminster, UK taxes, fund allocation, inequality, social citizenship

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