Social Security Guide : The White Paper and the Beveridge Report Compared
1944-10-01 1944 1940s 20 pages WILL IT WORK? In 1941, Sir William Beveridge examined the Social Insurance and Allied Services at the Government's request. He found them, it seems, inadequate. He spent seventeen months working on a scheme which would make the social insurances provide Freedo...
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London : The Social Security League
1 October 1944
WILL IT WORK? In 1941, Sir William Beveridge examined the Social Insurance and Allied Services at the Government's request. He found them, it seems, inadequate. He spent seventeen months working on a scheme which would make the social insurances provide Freedom from Want. The Government received his suggestions and set another team to work for a further twenty-one months. They have returned substantially the same proposals. It is unlikely that anybody else will produce a workable alternative just yet. Sir William Beveridge has laid the main foundations of our future cash-paying social services. There is, however, one vital difference between the Government outlook and Sir William's. He proposed to put the whole onus of achieving Freedom from Want on the Social Insurances; they intend to put the ultimate responsibility on the Assistance Service. Freedom from Want can be achieved in either way. But whether it will in fact be achieved under the Government scheme depends largely on the rules, rates and spirit of the Assistance Service. On these essential points the public needs more information. It is certainly clear that the more Freedom from Want depends on the relatively elastic discretionary Assistance Service, the more are the public in the hands of the staff who run it. Sir William emphasised the need for:— "Selection and training of staff with special regard to their functions in serving the public and in understanding the human problems with which they will be concerned." (Para. 386). The success or failure of the new plan will rest ultimately on the quality of the staff — on their vigour, sympathy, imagination, and intelligence — and on their high sense of creative social purpose. Printed by SAMUEL SIDDERS & SON, LTD., 115, Salisbury Road, N.W.6