Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state? | CPAG

Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state?

Date: 
01 October 2008
Issue: 
Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)

In the recent celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the implementation of the majority of Beveridge’s welfare state reforms, the National Insurance Acts and the National Assistance Act, which together introduced a nationwide system of national insurance and a means-tested safety net, seem to have been forgotten. Fran Bennett looks at what happened.