The Beveridge Report

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The Beveridge Report

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Article headlines: The Beveridge Report; comprehensive scheme of social insurance; benefits in unemployment, sickness and old age; new provisions for home and family. Covers summary of main provisions and table of security of provision in detail.

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1942-12-02

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Two newspaper cuttings mounted on an album page

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The Times
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SValentineJRM1251404v10040

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THE TIMES WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2 1942

THE BEVERIDGE REPORT

COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME OF SOCIAL INSURANCE

BENEFITS IN UNEMPLOYMENT, SICKNESS AND OLD AGE

NEW PROVISION FOR HOME AND FAMILY

The Beveridge Report (Cmd. 6404, 2s.) was issued yesterday and is summarized below. With “freedom from want” as its goal, it proposes a far-reaching series of changes designed to consolidate and enlarge the system of social insurance.

The plan assumes the establishment of family allowances, comprehensive health and rehabilitation services, and the avoidance of mass unemployment.

It is effected by 23 main changes designed to give a unified system, under a Ministry of Social Security, on a contributory basis including all citizens without upper income limit.

New terms are devised for cooperation between the State and the Friendly Societies. The business of industrial assurance would become a public service under an Industrial Assurance Board.

A table on page 8 illustrates the large and varied gains in benefit contemplated by the plan.

The Social Security Budget is estimated to amount to £697,000,000 in 1945, compared with £432,000,000, the cost of existing schemes in that year. Of this increase £86,000,000 would be borne by the Exchequer.

SECURITY OF PROVISION IN DETAIL
For Man, Wife, and Two Children (Present Contributory Classes)

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[symbol] Some of the pre-war rates of benefit shown above have been revised in the course of the present war. At the date of the Report the benefit in unemployment was 2/- higher than that shown, and that for disability was 3/- higher. For industrial disability, the pre-war maximum of 30/- has been raised to 35/- and children’s allowances of 4/- for each of the first two children and 3/- for subsequent children have been added. For pensions the pensionable age in the case of women has been lowered from 65 to 60. With these changes the contributions for unemployment, health and pensions were raised, so that the total contribution by an adult man in 1942 was 1/10 a week in place of 1/7 in 1938.

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“The Beveridge Report,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 3, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/21967.

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