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Beatrice Webb (1858-1943) made a major contribution to social policy by showing that poverty was caused less by a failure of individual character and more by systems and structures over which an individual had little control. Her work laid the foundations of the welfare state.

However, after all these years, poverty remains a stain on our society, and looks set to get worse. The Webb Memorial Trust asked some of Britain's best-known experts to say what should be done to address it. 'A Minority View: What Beatrice Webb would say now' presents their answers.

This book is the first of a series to be developed by the Webb Memorial Trust. The series will develop a narrative of what a society without poverty would look like, and how it could be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Minority View: What Beatrice Webb Would Say Now
EditorsB Knight
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAlliance Publishing Trust
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-907376-11-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameBeatrice Webb Memorial Trust Series on Poverty


  • social exclusion, income, poverty
  • employment/benefits

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