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Where next?

15 million people in the UK are expected to be living in poverty in 2020 including 2 million pensioners and over 4 million children. Where Next? calls on the next government to introduce an urgent ‘rescue’ package immediately after the general election followed by a sustained increase in spending.


  • In the first year of a new government, ministers should spend up to £6.5 billion on a one-off increase of £5 per week on key benefits for working-age adults and children
  • Over four years the report calls for an increase in spending of £45 billion over existing plans which would provide the resources to transform social security, providing the money to raise spending on working-age adults and children by up to 40 per cent

The report calls for a large share of the extra spending to be funded by freezing the thresholds for income tax and national insurance. In the first year, this would generate £4.5 billion in revenue which would pay for most of the costs of a one-off rise in benefits. Over 4 years a freeze would generate £20 billion in higher revenues. The remaining £25 billion (of the £45 billion package) would come from returning social security spending as a share of GDP to 2015/16 levels.

Where Next? calls for a social security system for children and working age adults that is closer to the pension system and based on a mix between means-tested, universal and contribution-based benefits. It sets out detailed plans for turning universal credit into a new household benefit by raising payment values, ending existing toxic policies and fixing design flaws.

Read Where Next? here

Find out more about the Fabian Society’s work on ending poverty and reforming social security here.

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