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


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 centralized. It also concludes that in areas where responsibility has been localized, divergence has been immediate and substantial. Localization 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: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decentralization,housing,localism,retrenchment,welfare,Geography, Planning and Development,Political Science and International Relations
Publication ISSN: 1743-9434
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 08:24
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 10:25
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019
Published Online Date: 2018-06-06
Accepted Date: 2018-05-21
Authors: Turner, Edward O (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4658-7321)



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