The rise and fall of anti-welfare attitudes, and what it means for welfare reform in 2024 and beyond

In the webinar, we explored public attitudes to taxation and welfare, drawing on British Social Attitudes.
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  • Event time:
    24th January 2024 10:00 GMT – 11:00 GMT
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We examined what the public thought about taxation and welfare, drawing on the British Social Attitudes survey, and looked at whether voters wanted to see a rise or a fall in taxation, and what it would mean for public spending and welfare. We also discussed how those attitudes mapped onto the parties’ positions.

The event was a partnership between the Campaign for Social Science, as part of their project Election 24: Ideas for change based on social science evidence, and the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), drawing on the findings from the British Social Attitudes 2023 survey. The webinar involved contributions from Professor Sir John Curtice FAcSS and Professor Ben Baumberg Geiger, as well as a Q&A from audience members. The webinar was chaired by Professor Imogen Tyler of Lancaster University.


  • Sir John Curtice
    Senior Research Fellow National Centre for Social Research
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    Sir John Curtice is Senior Research Fellow at NatCen, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, and Chief Commentator on the What UK Thinks: EU and What Scotland Thinks websites.

    He has been a regular contributor to the annual British Social Attitudes report since 1986 and an editor since 1994. He has also been a Co-Director of the Scottish Social Attitudes survey since its foundation in 1999, and his analyses of Scottish public opinion in the run up to the independence referendum were frequently featured throughout the campaigns.

    In 2018, he received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list. Sir John is a regular media commentator on both British and Scottish politics. 

  • Professor Ben Baumberg Geiger
    Professor in Social Science and Health King's College London


  • Professor Imogen Tyler
    Professor of Sociology Lancaster University