Archives for May 1st, 2003

THE MESSAGE OF REDISTRIBUTION

Book News, PublicNet: 1 May, 2003

By Jonathan WolffRedistribution may be moving back up the political agenda – but what do we actually mean by redistribution? Even once we are agreed that an inequality ought to be rectified, there are many forms this can take. A hand-up or a hand-out? Welfare or work? Cash, vouchers, or services in kind? Society’s chosen instruments of redistribution can send a powerful message to their recipients – of appreciation or pity, condescension or respect. This paper explores the multiple dimensions and dilemmas of redistribution by leading political philosopher Jonathan Wolff. It is illustrated with examples ranging from the treatment of disability to welfare-to-work policies. Wolff argues that our preferred forms of redistribution reflect fundamental intuitions about “the nature of the human good” – and offers an original and lucid philosophical framework for thinking these connections through.

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LGA WANTS TALKS ON SCHOOL FUNDING SETTLEMENT FACTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 May, 2003

The Local Government Association wants an assurance that the government was not the source behind a newspaper article that a number of local councils are set to be “named and shamed” in the disagreement over funds being held back from schools.The LGA says parents and teachers deserve clear and factual information on the allocation of funding for schools, not unhelpful newspaper speculation. Its chairman, Sir Jeremy Beecham, has written to the Education Secretary Charles Clarke stressing the need for there to be an agreement between central and local government over the facts of the issue.

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CONSULTATIONS OPEN ON FUNDING GREATER PUBLIC SERVICE ROLE FOR COMMUNITY SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 May, 2003

The Treasury and the Compact Working Group, have begun the consultation process over how to spend the new 125 million pound Futurebuilders fund set up to assist the voluntary and community sector to deliver public services in areas such as health and social care, education and learning, support for children and young people and crime and social cohesion.Representatives of the voluntary and community sector have been working more closely than ever before with the Government to draw up the proposals contained in the newly-launched consultation document and Paul Boateng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said the government believed the sector and social enterprises had a central role to play in delivering world-class services.

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