Squaring the circle? Means testing and individualisation in the UK and Australia


Millar, J., 2003. Squaring the circle? Means testing and individualisation in the UK and Australia. Social Policy and Society, 3 (1), pp. 67-74.

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    As means-tested benefits have come to occupy a more central place in the UK system of income transfers, so the goal of an individualised system seems to have receded. However, there is also a developing policy interest in the situation and status of the individual in the social welfare system. Individual assessment of labour market circumstances is central to the New Deal programmes, and the ‘partners’ of those receiving social security benefits have become a target group for policy in their own right. This article outlines the policy issues, describes the measures that have been introduced so far, compares these with the Australian moves towards ‘partial individualisation’, and discusses some key issues in the reform agenda.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsMillar, J.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    University Administration & Central Services > Vice-Chancellor's Office
    Publisher StatementMillar_SPS_3_1_2003.pdf: ©Cambridge University Press.
    ID Code1216


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