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The Benefits System

This is the second article in a series from Alan Robinson on the benefits system as it relates to be a general introduction to the system as a whole and it therefore covers some benefits which are inappropriate for an elderly client. These have been included in the interests of completeness and may be of general interest.

1 September 1997

This is the second article in a series from Alan Robinson on as it relates to be a general introduction to the system as a whole and it therefore covers some benefits which are inappropriate for an elderly client. These have been included in the interests of completeness and may be of general interest.

The benefit system which we have today is based on that introduced after the Second World War. There is now a much wider range of benefits than was envisaged by the founders of the welfare state; but the basic outline can still be seen.

The original welfare state was largely based around the concept of national insurance. This was a system whereby a person would pay contributions towards a central pool when he or she was in work. When income from work was interrupted or terminated - by unemployment, sickness, maternity, widowhood, retirement or death - a benefit - often referred to as a contributory benefit - would be payable as compensa...

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