Will the pandemic change the welfare state for good?
Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Spirits Business Magazine
Annabel Denham writes for The Spectator
Annabel also addressed the rhetoric around pay, suggesting calls for businesses to pay wages that allow people to live an ‘appropriate lifestyle’ ignores basic economics.
Annabel said: “Upheavals in welfare policy have historically followed major crises such as wars, civil unrest, recessions and pandemics – the Ministry of Health itself was established in 1919. The experience of the second world war led to the creation of the contemporary welfare state. If a course of action (a furlough scheme, say) is pursued in an emergency, we know it is possible. Keep the measure in place too long and it can swiftly become an accepted norm — and politically awkward to unwind“.
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