The social division of welfare: Some reflections on the search for equity

Tania Burchardt

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
The social division of welfare: Some reflections on the search for equity

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This chapter explores the extract from Titmuss's lecture given in honour of Eleanor Rathbone, the champion of family allowances, at the University of Birmingham in 1955. It notes that this is one of the most influential aspects of Titmuss's work on welfare, in both academic and policy circles. It emphasises that the effect on the analysis of the distribution of contributions and benefits across social classes is an important implication of bringing fiscal and occupational welfare within the scope of ‘welfare’. It argues that the middle classes are the primary beneficiaries of fiscal and occupational welfare and shows that the effect of child tax allowances is to give three times as much to a high-earner with two children than to a low earner in similar circumstances.

Keywords: low earner; Eleanor Rathbone; family allowances; University of Birmingham; welfare; occupational welfare; middle classes; child tax allowances

Chapter.  5440 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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