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Social Policy

Social Policy is the study of social services and the welfare state. In general terms, it looks at the idea of social welfare, and its relationship to politics and society. More specifically, it also considers detailed issues in:

  • policy and administration of social services, including policies for health, housing, income maintenance, education and social work
  • needs and issues affecting the users of services, including poverty, old age, health, disability, and family policy
  • the delivery of welfare

Adapted from Paul Spicker's Introduction to Social Policy.

This collection is made up of full text reports on social policy available to view free of charge

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2011 Census: population and household estimates for small areas in England and Wales

This release contains population and household estimates at output area and ward level for England and Wales, (unrounded, five year age bands by sex).

Brexit, agriculture and agricultural policy

This report assesses the likely impact of Brexit on British agriculture and government policies relating to it.

Modernising judicial terms and conditions and transforming our justice system consultations: response to the consultation documents of September 2016

The Modernising Judicial Terms and Conditions Consultation Document sets out proposals to introduce a new tenure for fee paid office holders, provide for fixed term leadership positions, and modernise judicial terms and conditions.

The case for the abolition of stamp duty

This paper describes how the economic reach of stamp duty is in practice very limited.

The impact of proposed tax, benefit and minimum wage reforms on household incomes and work incentives

On 8 July 2015, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the first Budget of the new all-Conservative administration, implementing changes to taxes and benefits proposed by the Conservative party during the 2015 General Election campaign.

Future Local: seven possibilities for a local government story

This series of essays look to a future with an independent local government with clear powers, clear vision and a clear role in driving prosperity and ambition locally.

Winter is coming: the outlook for the public finances in the 2016 Autumn Statement

As the new Chancellor prepares for his first fiscal statement, this briefing note examines the public finance challenge ahead.

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