In Learning from Beveridge: Social Security in the 21st Century, Pat Thane discusses an how in the 21st century we could update the approach taken that Sir William Beveridge took in his report that established the Welfare State. 

Beveridge developed the basis of the Welfare state, giving people the chance to live fulfilled, happy and healthy lives, without the unfreedom of being poor, with excellent health and social care, decent affordable homes, modern education and training for the children and good enough jobs for everyone who wanted them.

These aims have always been thwarted by social ills (the modern equivalents of Sir William Beveridge’s five giant evils, want, disease, squalor, ignorance and idleness):  poverty, poor health and social care, homelessness, deficient skills, education and training and unemployment and underemployment.

Pat Thane is a visiting professor of history at Birkbeck College, London.

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March 23, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8pm


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