Beyond 'mythbusting': how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system

@inproceedings{Geiger2016BeyondH,
  title={Beyond 'mythbusting': how to respond to myths and perceived undeservingness in the British benefits system},
  author={Ben Baumberg Geiger and Bart Meueleman},
  year={2016}
}
In a context of ‘hardening’ attitudes towards benefit claimants in Britain, some argue that social security can only be rebuilt when ‘benefit myths’ and negative attitudes are tackled. However, this paper argues that some of these concerns are misplaced, based on evidence on (i) the extent of myths; (ii) the effectiveness of mythbusting; and (iii) the existence of myths/negative attitudes in times/places the benefits system is more popular. It argues that public attitudes are fundamentally… CONTINUE READING