New report highlights United Kingdom social welfare failings

Failings in the United Kingdom’s social welfare provision are highlighted in a new report from the European Committee of Social Rights.

Its 2013 survey of Great Britain’s compliance with the Council of Europe’s Social Charter reveals that “the minimum levels of short-term and long-term incapacity benefit is manifestly inadequate.”

The annual survey does confirm Great Britain as respecting health and safety laws and providing adequate social and medical assistance but concludes that the country’s “minimum level of state pension is manifestly inadequate” and the “minimum level of job seeker’s allowance is manifestly inadequate.”

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