Social Security : The Story of British Social Progress and the Beveridge Plan
1943 1943 1940s 3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams CHAPTER V ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE (a) Insurance Unified (see Chart 12). Quite apart from the amplification of insurance benefits and other social payments, one of the reforms which is already overdue in this country is t...
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3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams
CHAPTER V ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE (a) Insurance Unified (see Chart 12). Quite apart from the amplification of insurance benefits and other social payments, one of the reforms which is already overdue in this country is the administrative rationalization of the greater part of our social services. We ought to unify our insurance schemes and tidy up the services which give relief on a basis of need or proved poverty. This could be done by associating all kinds of social payments under a Ministry of Social Security working through a network of local Security Offices all over the country. Not only National Health Insurance and Old Age Pensions (now under the Ministry of Health) and Unemployment Insurance (Ministry of Labour), but also Workmen's Compensation (Home Office) and the services of the Assistance Board are all involved. Beveridge proposes to transfer all these to the new Ministry, as also the remaining functions of local government in respect of public assistance, other than institutional treatment and the maintenance of the blind. As regards the three big insurances, the idea is that there should in future be only one insurance card for each person instead of two as at present, and that employers should have to lick only one weekly stamp for each employee. Self-employed people in Class II and non-employed in Class IV would stamp their own cards. All cards will be exchanged and renewed in July of each year. Another large-scale change, and one that the Government seem to have accepted, is that the present administration of National Health Insurance sickness benefit through the agency of some thousands of Approved 50