By Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley
'...an authoritative survey of social attitudes' - The day-by-day Telegraph 'The so much complete learn of public opinion' - monetary occasions '…the annual survey of British social attitudes - a record arguably extra major than the city and rural white papers rolled jointly ...' - New begin '…fascinating photograph' - The parent '…a highly-respected annual examine' - day-by-day Mail '…an imperative software not only for governments, but in addition for contemporary electorate to appreciate their fellows, and themselves higher' - the days larger the yearly British Social Attitudes survey presents an fundamental advisor to present political and social concerns in modern Britain. Compiled via Britain's biggest self reliant social study institute, the nationwide Centre for Social examine, it describes and studies a large variety of present social attitudes and values derived from vast nation-wide interviews. This twentieth file summarizes and translates info from the latest survey and attracts useful comparisons with findings of prior years. the main finished assessment of adjusting British social values to be had, the British Social Attitudes survey document is an important examining for an individual looking a advisor to the topical matters and debates of at the present time or engaged in modern social and political study. Tom Sefton, Centre for the research of Social Exclusion (CASE), London university of Economics John Appleby The Kings' Fund Arturo Alvarez-Rosete, The Kings' Fund Ben Seyd, structure Unit John Curtice, Strathclyde college Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield university Oxford Rosemary Crompton, urban college Michaela Brockmann, urban collage Dick Wiggins, urban college Catherine Rothan Oxford college Anthony Heath, Oxford collage Alison Park , nationwide Centre for Social learn Paula Surridge, college of Bristol Steve Fisher, Oxford collage John Curtice, Strathclyde college Ian Christie, neighborhood Futures staff Sonia Exley, nationwide Centre for Social examine Catherine Bromley, nationwide Centre for Social study Ted Wragg, Exeter college Lindsey Jarvis, nationwide Centre for Social learn
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What we want from the welfare state 19 This might help to explain why support for increased spending on welfare benefits for the poor has fallen most among the younger age group, as discussed earlier in the chapter. As shown in the next table, those who are concerned about the disincentive effects of the system or believe it is subject to widespread fraud and abuse are much less likely to favour higher spending on benefits for the poor than those who do not express these concerns. For example, among those who think that “if welfare benefits weren’t so generous, people would learn to stand on their own two feet”, only just over a third think that the government should spend more on welfare benefits for the poor.
Previous British Social Attitudes surveys have asked a separate set of questions about whether people would favour higher spending on specific items, including health, education, old age pensions, and unemployment benefits. The next table shows the proportion of respondents who would like to see more spending on each of these areas, broken down by age group. This shows that the age differential in attitudes towards public spending changed across all areas of spending in the period up to 1996. In the case of health care and old age pensions, support for higher spending fell among 18–34 year olds, but rose among other age groups.
In addition to the general question about taxation and spending on the welfare state, the British Social Attitudes survey also regularly asks a number of more specific questions about welfare benefits and redistribution. 2 1986–2002 Attitudes towards spending on welfare benefits and redistribution, 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1984 1986 1988 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 Government should Spend more on welfare benefits for the poor Redistribute incomes from better off to less well off Strong and sustained support for higher spending on “health, education, and social benefits” contrasts with a decline in support for more spending on welfare benefits for the poor.
British Social Attitudes: Continuity and Change over Two Decades (British Social Attitudes Survey series) by Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley