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Attlee’s practical involvement with building the Labour Party into a force in the land was, then, just as important as his intellectual formation by Fabianism and romanticism. And the vital ingredient in the subsequent history of the country was his recognition of the need to carry through the political struggle that was necessary to make social progress. It couldn’t be achieved by academic experts and detached bureaucrats. It took long years of grassroots campaigning, local organising, and slogging through the ups and downs of electoral and parliamentary politics. In a speech to a Labour Party audience in 1944, Attlee looked back to his political beginnings:

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Attlee’s writings of the early twentieth century reflect the view of most in the labour movement at that time that welfare provision must be part and parcel of a wider programme of economic reform. The welfare state is a way of alleviating poverty and extending security, but it cannot be our only means of creating a fairer economy and society.


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In particular, it reminds us that the welfare state was never intended to, and should never be expected to, stand alone as a set of institutions or policies. It depends for its stability and sustainability upon ethical, economic, and political foundations that were seen as essential by its Edwardian pioneers, and are no less vital in the twenty-first century. For as we look now at how we renew and secure a decent social security system for the next generation, we need to be attentive to fundamental questions such as the values and principles that the welfare state embodies, how it treats people and what it asks of them; its interaction with the labour market and wider economic context; and the need to engage and involve as many people as possible in the debate about its future, so we can maintain and renew its popularity and legitimacy.

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Others argued that this was neither realistic nor desirable – notably those closer to the most exploited workers, such as anti-sweating campaigners and the ‘new unions’ then gaining influence within the TUC, and women such as the Fabian researcher Maud Pember Reeves and Eleanor Rathbone, then a social worker based in a Liverpool and later an independent MP. Rathbone called for the state to take a share of responsibility for the conditions in which children were raised – an argument which ultimately led to the creation of Family Allowance and today’s Child Benefit (Pember Reeves, 1914; Family Endowment Committee, 1918).

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At the same time one needn’t sign up to the proposals for compulsory work schemes envisaged by some Edwardian social reformers to agree that the system must hold those who could be working to their reciprocal responsibility to prepare for, look for, and accept suitable employment – as a matter of principle and as a precondition of the system’s legitimacy and affordability.

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Revisiting this period of Attlee’s life reveals a rich and lively debate about the relationship of welfare and social policy to the labour market and wider questions of political economy, as demands for the right to work and better wages grew up alongside those for public services and social security. Indeed many in the labour movement were highly suspicious of proposals for state welfare provision, arguing that strong trade unions ought to be able to bargain for high enough wages to cover all family costs and provide for all contingencies (see Thane, 1984).

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It is striking how alive and relevant these debates about the ethos of the welfare state seem today. A key challenge for the next Labour government will be to improve people’s experience of the social security system – so that jobseekers feel that the system is there to help them into work, not just drive them off benefits; so that people in need don’t have to wait weeks or months for benefits to which they are entitled, and be forced to queue at food banks or into the arms of loan sharks; and so that disabled people can trust and feel ownership of the procedures for assessing what kind of work they might be able to do and then helped to achieve their goals.

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This approach did not mean that no demands were to be made of welfare recipients, however. Although the emphasis of Attlee’s work and writing of this period was to correct the overly punitive and moralising outlook of the Victorian Poor Law and Charity Organisation Society, he was far from endorsing an approach that robbed those in need of support of responsibility for their position and prospects. It was true then, as it is now, that the least well off were as keen as anyone to ensure that systems of support were not being abused and were serving to put people back into control over their own lives (see Harris, 2007).