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Social Protection for the 21st Century: Towards a New Politics of Care

Moore, Henrietta; Boothroyd, Alexandra; (2023) Social Protection for the 21st Century: Towards a New Politics of Care. UCL Institute for Global Prosperity: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Warnings that the UK is facing a ‘crisis of care’ are growing in volume. NHS wait times have reached a record high, and staff shortages across the social care workforce are predicted to rise to 500,000 by the end of 2030, as poor working conditions and the lowest wages of almost any sector in the UK make these careers increasingly unsustainable. The shortfall is being met by the most vulnerable, and over 350,000 people aged 16-25 in England and Wales now provide unpaid care to a loved one (BMA, 2022). This IGP working paper unpicks the UK’s care crisis, using London’s tuberculosis (TB) rate as a case study. We argue that the crisis extends beyond health and social care: the UK is experiencing a breakdown of its social protection system, as the state fails to fulfil its duty of care

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Social Protection for the 21st Century: Towards a New Politics of Care
ISBN-13: 978-1-913041-40-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/000.wp.10164427
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/publications-1
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10164427
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