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The Origins and Dismantling of the Welfare State

The Origins and Dismantling of the Welfare State

With Vickie Cooper and Chris Renwick

Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 18:30

Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Mitchell Library, North St., Glasgow, G3 7DN

A look at the formation of and the recent attempts to dismantle the welfare state

Bread For All tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British social and political life: the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people’s housing, education, health and family life. Today, though everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong and in The Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper brings together the voices of campaigners and academics to show that austerity policies have led to a dismantling of the social systems that operated as a buffer against economic hardship.

Part of the Aye Write Festival.

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