Social Security : The Story of British Social Progress and the Beveridge Plan
1943 1943 1940s 3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams their share (3s. 3d. per week). In actual practice such complete symmetry might not be attainable nor even desirable. Men and women in Class I should be eligible for all benefits (see list of proposed benefits on page 36). Cl...
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3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams
their share (3s. 3d. per week). In actual practice such complete symmetry might not be attainable nor even desirable. Men and women in Class I should be eligible for all benefits (see list of proposed benefits on page 36). Class II (full black symbols). Beveridge calls this class "others gainfully employed." In practice they will be the active employers and people working on their own account, including shopkeepers, farmers, professional men, artists, etc. These are to be brought into insurance for the first time, and would have to pay the same weekly contributions as Class I, but they would not be covered for ordinary unemployment, nor for ordinary sickness benefit, nor for industrial accident. There would, of course, be no employer's contribution in their case. The retirement pension would be their main benefit. If during their working age they fall on evil days and need to take a job they might sometimes be helped by a course at a Government training centre to prepare them for their new work. A grant in cash or wages would be paid during training. Class III (black and white woman symbols). This class comprises the housewives, married and under 60. These are to be insured by virtue of their husbands' contributions ; they should pay none themselves, unless they work for wages. They are covered for pensions and maternity grants, and they qualify for dependants' benefit whenever their husbands are sick or unemployed. Class IV (red outline symbols). Others of working age, but not earning. They are, in the main, persons of private means, single women engaged in housework, and students over 16. Their insurance status resembles that of Class II ; they have no employers. Here again it is an open question whether the Beveridge Plan is quite just in requiring this class to pay the same contributions as Class I. 30