Working paper 98/006 - Abstract

Does the UK have a Private Welfare Class?

Carol Propper and Tania Burchardt*

* CASE, London School of Economics

The use of private welfare services in the UK has risen. But relatively little is known about the patterns of use of private welfare services. This paper investigates whether there is a private welfare class, and how attitudes to welfare state spending are linked to the use of private services. It finds that there is considerable use of the private sector, but the size of the group consistently using a range of private welfare services is small. Changes in attitudes to public financing of welfare spending do not appear to be directly linked to the use of private services.

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