India announces changes in subsidies, will hand out cash to its poor (WaPo) 

"Government audits in the past decade have found that corrupt traders and officials divert almost half of the cheap grains and cooking fuel meant for the poor, with just 27 cents of every dollar spent on such subsidies reaching the intended recipients. 

Now India wants to fix that leaking bucket of welfare spending. On Monday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that the country will move toward direct transfers of cash subsidies for cooking fuels and fertilizer. Under the annual budget he unveiled, India will spend almost $35 billion on subsidies, down 14 percent from the current year.”

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#india #welfare #poverty 

welfare's safety net hard to measure among states (wapo) 

"Taken together, this new portrait of welfare answers a central question that hovered over the impassioned debate of the mid-1990s, when Congress and the Clinton administration transformed welfare from a federal entitlement into a state-run program of temporary assistance that emphasized work. How would the reshaped welfare system respond, policymakers and advocates wondered then, if the economy plunged into long, serious trouble?

Nearly three years after the start of a grave economic downturn, it now is clear that ‘despite extremely high levels of employment, that has not translated into welfare increases as much as many people expected,’ said Douglas J. Besharov, a University of Maryland professor who has studied welfare for years.”

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#welfare #united states of america 

in sharp change, britain will eliminate child benefits for the middle class (nyt) 

“’This is a big moment for the U.K. welfare state,’ said Patrick Nolan, an economist at Reform, a free-market-oriented advocacy group in London. ‘The fact that the government is saying that it can’t afford universal benefits is very important. It’s where the money is, but it is also where the votes are. That is the conundrum.’

In his speech, Mr. Osborne, whose job is the equivalent of a finance minister, said that as of 2013, families making $70,000 a year would not qualify for the benefit, which pays $32 a week for a first child and $21 for each subsequent one.”

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India announces changes in subsidies, will hand out cash to its poor (WaPo)→

"Government audits in the past decade have found that corrupt traders and officials divert almost half of the cheap grains and cooking fuel meant for the poor, with just 27 cents of every dollar spent on such subsidies reaching the intended recipients. 

Now India wants to fix that leaking bucket of welfare spending. On Monday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that the country will move toward direct transfers of cash subsidies for cooking fuels and fertilizer. Under the annual budget he unveiled, India will spend almost $35 billion on subsidies, down 14 percent from the current year.”

3 years ago
#india #welfare #poverty 
in sharp change, britain will eliminate child benefits for the middle class (nyt)→

“’This is a big moment for the U.K. welfare state,’ said Patrick Nolan, an economist at Reform, a free-market-oriented advocacy group in London. ‘The fact that the government is saying that it can’t afford universal benefits is very important. It’s where the money is, but it is also where the votes are. That is the conundrum.’

In his speech, Mr. Osborne, whose job is the equivalent of a finance minister, said that as of 2013, families making $70,000 a year would not qualify for the benefit, which pays $32 a week for a first child and $21 for each subsequent one.”

4 years ago
#britain #welfare #universal benefits 
welfare's safety net hard to measure among states (wapo)→

"Taken together, this new portrait of welfare answers a central question that hovered over the impassioned debate of the mid-1990s, when Congress and the Clinton administration transformed welfare from a federal entitlement into a state-run program of temporary assistance that emphasized work. How would the reshaped welfare system respond, policymakers and advocates wondered then, if the economy plunged into long, serious trouble?

Nearly three years after the start of a grave economic downturn, it now is clear that ‘despite extremely high levels of employment, that has not translated into welfare increases as much as many people expected,’ said Douglas J. Besharov, a University of Maryland professor who has studied welfare for years.”

4 years ago
#welfare #united states of america