Exploring neglected dimensions of social policy : the SDW, fiscal welfare and the exemplar of local taxation in England
Orton, Michael and Davies, Rhys. (2009) Exploring neglected dimensions of social policy : the SDW, fiscal welfare and the exemplar of local taxation in England. Social Policy & Administration, Vol.43 (No.1). pp. 33-53. ISSN 0144-5596Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2008.00657.x
Titmuss's Social Division of Welfare (SDW) thesis is a vitally important but much neglected element of social policy analysis. This article seeks to explore the SDW, with a particular focus on fiscal welfare. Fiscal welfare has been described as forming a hidden welfare state, and while taxation is one of the main ways in which governments affect the lives of citizens, studies of welfare pay remarkably little attention to its impact. Fiscal welfare is examined by using, as an exemplar, local taxation in England, a subject that itself is neglected within social policy. Local taxation in England is of interest because it illustrates the impact of a system of taxation on different groups of citizens, and how this can operate to the benefit of rich over poor citizens. This is because the current system is highly regressive, meaning that those on low and middle incomes spend proportionately more of their income paying the tax than do those on high incomes. What is of further interest is how within the debate about reform of local taxation, concern with regressivity becomes obscured and ceases to be the focus of attention. We are thus provided with an example of how fiscal welfare remains a hidden issue. The article concludes by arguing that social policy analysis needs to move beyond the narrow confines of social welfare and develop a broader understanding of welfare, based on the SDW.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Great Britain -- Social policy, Local taxation -- England, Public welfare, Human services, Social stratification -- Great Britain, Equality -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Social Policy & Administration|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||February 2009|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 33-53|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
Alcock, P. (2003), Social Policy in Britain (2nd edn), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
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