Let's Scrap the DWP
Authors: Simon Duffy and John Dalrymple
The current welfare system in the United Kingdom is deeply unjust, and current 'reforms' are making it worse. In this new report, using the latest official data, the authors describe the injustice of a tax-benefit system which punishes and penalises the poorest, and which is so complex and incoherent it continues to escape rational reform.
Instead the authors propose a system of Basic Income Security, involving:
1. The integration of income tax and benefits into one coordinated system
2. A basic income for all UK citizens
3. A simplified set of criteria for adjusting income for disability and age
4. An income set high enough to end poverty
5. An end to the extreme taxation of the poor
6. Constitutionally guaranteed socio-economic rights
This report is published at a key time for the United Kingdom and, in particular Scotland. The report suggests that the case for independence or greater devolution is stronger precisely because greater freedom will give Scotland the opportunity to promote social justice through a radical reform of the tax and benefit system.
The publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform.
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