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Social Policy Review 18Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006$
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Linda Bauld, Karen Clarke, and Tony Maltby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348449

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.001.0001

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Social security policies in 2005

Social security policies in 2005

(p.82) (p.83) Five Social security policies in 2005
Social Policy Review 18

Paul Dornan

Policy Press

This chapter examines developments in social security policy in 2005. It discusses the continuation of the government's primary focus on reducing poverty through paid work, supplemented with means-tested benefits in the form of tax credits. It notes that these cover an increasingly wide range of those in low-paid work, following the extension of the working tax credit to those without children. It identifies the greatly extended role of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in delivering social security in the form of tax credits, as a significant development in social security policy. It involves extending the department's role to one of distributing income as well as collecting revenue, and in the process dealing with a significantly poorer population with different needs and expectations than the traditional client base of the Inland Revenue.

Keywords:   social security policy, poverty, paid work, means-tested benefits, tax credits, low-paid work, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Inland Revenue

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