Mortished, R.J.P. 'Irish Social Services: a Symposium - Addendum to the Symposium'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XVII part 1, 1942/1943, pp141-143
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XVII part 1 1942/1943
So much excitement has been worked up over the Beveridge Report
in Great Britain that we here may tend to exaggerate its importance.
In the first place, even if the Report were applied in full (which is by
no means the intention of the present British Government), it would
not bring about the social revolution. Its proposals are of two kinds:
(1) Simplification and unification of existing social insurance schemes
—an administrative "streamlining"; and (2) an extension of the
scope of social insurance, a removal of some but not all anomalies,
and an adjustment of contributions and benefits. The plan entails an
appreciable redistribution of income; but it does not entail any
change in the ownership of property or in the organisation of the
national economy. In the second place, the Report was written in
and for another country; its proposals are obviously designed to meet
the needs of a highly industrialised and urbanised country the great
majority of the people of which depend for their livelihood on wages
or salaries. The presumption is therefore that they will not suit us
rather than that they will do so.
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