Northern Social Justice

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Perhaps the future of the welfare state does not lie in the hands of Southern think tanks but of Northern social innovators.

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Northern Social Justice

  1. 1. Northern Social Justice the role of local governmentDr Simon Duffy ■ The Centre for Welfare Reform■ 4th February 2013 ■ Presentation for Kirklees
  2. 2. Dr Simon Duffy•Social innovator - e.g. personal budgets•Philosopher - work on citizenship•Advisor - Campaign for a Fair SocietyThe Centre for Welfare ReformReform does notmean cuts and inequalityWelfare state is good, butdesigned wrongNeeds more innovation, andRespectfor citizenship, families, community & justice•Reform does not mean cuts and inequalityWelfarestate is good, but designed wrongNeeds moreinnovation, andRespect for citizenship, families,community & justice
  3. 3. 1.Local government is on the losing end of a game it doesn’t control2.The welfare state is good, but badly designedThe capacity for positive change lies within local communities3.It is time to change the game and reframe the role of local government
  4. 4. Welfare State was designed todefeat 5 giants:1.Want - national insurance2.Disease - NHSIgnorance -state education3.Idleness - Keynsianism4.Squalor - public housing
  5. 5. But the design of the welfarestate has at least 5 flaws:1.Centralised2.Elitist3.BureaucraticInjustice4.Stagnant
  6. 6. Change in welfare state hasbeen dominated by:1.Professionalisation2.Privatisation3.Commissioning4.Regulation5.Further centralisation
  7. 7. But there is hope - Northern socialjustice innovations focus on:1.Citizenship2.Families3.CollectivityInvestment4.Democracy
  8. 8. Wards 40Av Pop 1,700Over 65 376 22.1%15 and under 308 18.1%Misusing drugs/alcohol 14 0.8%Limiting long-term illness 383 22.5%Children with SEN Statements 7 0.4%In private homes (including private rental) 1,365 80.3%In poor health 181 10.6%Deaths in year 20 1.2%Crimes in a year 88 5.2%Looked after children 2 0.1%Use Social Care 78 4.6%Working age on relying on benefits 177 10.4%Children Social Care Budget £60,000 £6,666Adult Social Care Budget £490,000 £6,282
  9. 9. 1. Human rights - not just services2. Clear entitlements - not confusion3. Early support - not crisis4. Equal access - not institutional care5. Choice & control - not dependence6. Fair incomes - not insecurity7. Fair taxes - not injustice8. Sustainability - local growth
  10. 10. A new strategy might see a shifttowards:1.Public servant2.Advocate for citizenship3.Investment (notprocurement)Regional leaders4.Policy-makers

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