Latest Public Sector News

08.05.12

TUC calls for ‘genuine national insurance’

The TUC has called for a return to social security that offers something for everyone who pays in – not just for the poorest.

In a discussion pamphlet published on Friday, the trades unions body says that successive governments have undermined the social security system so that it no longer enjoys popular support.

It says “few people benefit” from the current system, but that is “costs a great deal” – because successive Chancellors have chosen to raise National Insurance contributions, rather than more progressive income tax rates when they have needed more cash.

A revival of the contributory principle would create a “genuine national insurance system” that provides security for the population, according to the document, called ‘Making a Contribution – Social Security for the Future’.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber (pictured), who is retiring at the end of the year after a decade in the job, said: “The welfare state is a key part of what makes us a civilised society, yet it has lost support under both an onslaught of anti-scrounger rhetoric and the poor experience of those who need to draw on it.

“No-one should pretend that there are easy options for those of us who see the advantages of the more generous and popular systems in much of the rest ofEurope, but reinvigorating the contributory principle provides one powerful idea.”

The report is available at www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/292/Contributory_Benefits.pdf

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

The evolution of digital transformation for local government

05/06/2020The evolution of digital transformation for local government

Content provided by TechnologyOne, editorially reviewed by Public Sector Executive. A CEO’s perspective  Andrew Grant, former CEO of Aylesbury V... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >