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About Beveridge 2.0

At a time when so much public debate contains more heat than light, I think this is a moment where LSE can draw on its distinguished and distinctive history to shape a better future.

Minouche Shafik, LSE Director


An introduction to LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 An introduction to LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0
LSE Director Minouche Shafik's introduces LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 by James Rattee/LSE

In 1942 former LSE Director William Beveridge launched his blueprint for a British universal care system, ‘from the cradle to the grave.’ Some 75 years on, LSE offers a series of public engagement activities to shine a light on the "Five Giants" identified in the Beveridge report, re-cast for the 21st century and for the global context. Originally described as Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness, today’s giants are framed as the challenges of poverty; health and social care; education and skills; housing and urbanisation; and the future of work.

We will also be considering the interconnectedness of the themes. Cross-cutting questions, such as the issues of rights and expectations of citizens with respect to welfare provision; questions of who decides, who provides and who pays for welfare provision; and sustainability – financial, environmental and social will be addressed, along with the identification of ‘missing Giants’ that a modern day Beveridge would prioritise instead.

The Beveridge 2.0 theme will run throughout this academic year, informing how LSE shares its research and its societal impact.

Steering Group for the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0

Professor Julia Black, Co-Chair
Aine Duffy, Co-Chair
Professor Mary Morgan, Deputy Chair
Professor Conor Gearty
Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece
Dr Neil McLean
Professor Linda Mulcahy
Martin Reid
Professor Tony Travers
Kirsty Wadsley