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Social citizenship after devolution

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Social citizenship after devolution

  1. 1. Social Citizenship after Devolution Daniel Wincott Blackwell Law and Society Professor Cardiff Law School WincottD@Cardiff.ac.uk Redesigning Devolution Institute for Government, September 2012
  2. 2. Devolution and the balance of social citizenship • Core areas of distributive social services devolved • Taxes and (redistributive) welfare benefits reserved to the centre • Largely followed earlier administrative ‘devolution’
  3. 3. Is this a balanced settlement? • Popular services devolved • No constraints on their governance or form of service delivery • Some lack of clarity over their (territorial) identity
  4. 4. Social protection and the block grant• Social protection – Treating all British citizens equally?• Block grant (‘Barnett Formula’) for funding devolved systems – Could allow for equal social service ‘bundles’ – Mired in historic patterns, with no principled rationale
  5. 5. Social protection and the block grant• Social protection – Treating all British citizens equally?• Block grant (‘Barnett Formula’) for funding devolved systems – Could allow for equal social service ‘bundles’ – Mired in historic patterns, with no principled rationale
  6. 6. Austerity and the independence debate• The territorial politics of the NHS• Fiscal devolution• Devolving social protection
  7. 7. Austerity and the independence debate• The territorial politics of the NHS• Fiscal devolution• Devolving social protection• Changing social attitudes to welfare (NatCen British Social Attitudes 28, Chap 2 ‘Devolution’)
  8. 8. How did we get here?• Democratising prior administrative practice• Hard questions (England, Barnett)• Unionist muddle

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