Empowering local government or just passing the austerity buck? The changing balance of central and local government in welfare provision in England 2008-2015

Turner, Edward O (2018). Empowering local government or just passing the austerity buck? The changing balance of central and local government in welfare provision in England 2008-2015. Regional and federal studies ,

Abstract

This paper asks two questions: first, how did the balance of decision-making between central and local government in welfare policy in England change between 2010 and 2015? Second, to what extent has that led to divergence in the extent and manner of such provision? It finds significant areas of policy where local flexibility has been increased (such as council tax benefit, crisis loans, and funding for specialist housing), either through a change in the tier of government responsible, or “unringfencing” of grants allowing local authorities greater discretion in whether to deliver particular services, although in other important areas decisions on welfare remain firmly centralised. It also concludes that in areas where responsibility has been localised, divergence has been immediate and substantial. Localisation may well reduce entitlements where local authorities enjoy a financial reward for so doing and political costs are low.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2018.1480479
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations research group
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Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Regional & Federal Studies on 6/6/2018, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13597566.2018.1480479
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Published Date: 2018-05-21
Published Online Date: 2018-06-06
Authors: Turner, Edward O

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