Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance

Iain McLean, Guy Lodge and Katie Schmuecker

in Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420367
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302056 | DOI:
Social citizenship and intergovernmental finance

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This chapter argues that financial formulae matter. Graduates are taught that all serious policy takes money. Where, then, does the money come from and how is it allocated? Like the UK, the chapter focuses on allocation, since the money overwhelmingly comes from UK taxes under the reserved control of Westminster. That limits the political rights of citizens to vary their obligations, and puts the focus on the extent to which the allocation of funds to the different parts of the UK reflects a coherent concept of equality and whether they deliver it. The chapter holds that current UK financial arrangements work against any shared concept of citizenship because they create inequality for no good reason. While similar levels of funding do not guarantee shared social citizenship, they certainly contribute to governments' ability to achieve it.

Keywords: Westminster; UK taxes; fund allocation; inequality; social citizenship

Chapter.  8147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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