The fight for universalism: Cuts, targeting and the future of welfare


  • This research forms part of the Fabian Society project ‘Fighting Poverty and Inequality in an Age of Affluence’, made possible by support from the Webb Memorial Trust. The author would like to thank Lisa O'Dea for her assistance with the research.


With lively debate on both sides of the political divide on the future of universal benefits and services, Tim Horton analyses the Coalition's approach to reforming the welfare state, and provides a fresh examination of why universalism matters, looking at how the UK currently compares with other welfare states.