Britain’s welfare state has suddenly been presented with a new challenge – to keep the country afloat during the Covid‐19 pandemic. The most immediate pressure is on the health service, whose ability to cope with the numbers needing hospital care is now imposing a constraint on the country’s economic activity. But, after successive years of reining back the scale of welfare provision to those of working age, the government is now also providing – via the social security system – increased levels of support to those who have lost their incomes, as well as subsidising on an unprecedented scale the salaries of those in work.


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Curtice, J. 2020, 'Will Covid-19 change attitudes towards the welfare state?', Progressive Review, 27(1), pp. 93-104, article no: 12185 . https://doi.org/10.1111/newe.12185

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