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23rd September – Frank Field calls for radical shake up of health and welfare funding

Former Welfare Minister Frank Field has called for a radical shake-up of NHS funding, social care and welfare benefits, to let the public ‘own the system.’

Lord Field, now a peer representing his Birkenhead Social Justice Party, proposes replacing the current National Insurance system with a new “Social Security Mutual” – which would be owned by contributors, not the Treasury.

In their research, Lord Field and Andrew Forsey, boss of hunger charity Feeding Britain – revisited the Beveridge Report – the founding document of Britain’s post-war welfare state – to see how the same aims could be met in the 21st century.

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