Social Security : The Story of British Social Progress and the Beveridge Plan
1943 1943 1940s 3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams POSTSCRIPT THE CONSTRUCTIVE PRINCIPLE The realization of post-war social security will not merely be a question of finding the money for better benefits, higher pensions, and ampler assistance. Real progress must be won in th...
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London : G.G. Harrap and Co.
3 preliminary leaves, 9-62 pages : illustrations, diagrams
POSTSCRIPT THE CONSTRUCTIVE PRINCIPLE The realization of post-war social security will not merely be a question of finding the money for better benefits, higher pensions, and ampler assistance. Real progress must be won in the industrial field, in the field of work, wages, and better conditions, based on higher productivity. As compared with that, the Beveridge Plan is only an "Ambulance Service," co-ordinated from the bits and pieces of the past and brought up to date. But we are, as a nation, ready and waiting for that improved service. Its success will depend also on the acceptance by all parties of new obligations of many kinds. Prevention of misfortune as well as its relief must be the common duty. The emphasis must be on the speediest possible rehabilitation of each individual ; that is to say, on remedying the condition, such as sickness or unemployment, which causes him to claim benefit. In the past low rates of benefit or a deterrent means test have been deliberately relied upon as incentives to applicants to return to self-support at the earliest possible moment. That was at best a negative remedy. No longer do we want to starve people back to health by cutting down their benefit ; nor use the spur of want as a cure for a man's unemployment. Positive remedies must be our motto for the future. No man should lack any form of medical care which will most quickly restore him to health and wage-earning. By the same token he should be obliged to avail himself of that care and cure and to co-operate whole-heartedly with the service provided for him by the 59