From the Workhouse to Welfare: What Beatrice Webb’s 1909 Minority Report can teach us today is a collection of essays commissioned by the Fabian Society to commemorate this moment and draw out the lessons for today.
There is widespread misunderstanding of the problem of poverty, which makes it harder to address.
To improve our understanding, we have asked writers from academia, charities and think tanks to identify prominent “myths of poverty” and to examine them through an empirical lens.
If Beatrice Webb were alive today and wanted to compile an index of poverty in the UK, what factors would be included, how would they be measured, and how would each factor be weighted?” Also how would you use such an index to promote the issue of poverty in the public and political consciousness?
“If Beatrice Webb was alive today and wanted to develop an index of poverty in the UK what factors would be included, how would they be measured, and how would they be weighted? Also how would you use such an index to promote the issue of poverty in the public and political consciousness?”
The problem of social policy is not a new one. Indeed, it is education on this very subject that the Webb Memorial Trust has provided since 1944. But its early trustees also had another aim – to provide a memorial to the socialist pioneer, Beatrice Webb.