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Demographic Change and Social and Welfare Issues

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Demographic Change and Social and Welfare Issues For this section I will be explaining what demographics are, how the government uses them and how they affect my issue. Demographics A variety of socio-demographic characteristics can be identified and used to categorize groups with shared behaviours or traits they are the studies or information about, people's lifestyles, it also refers to different numerical characteristics of a population habits, such as population movements, spending, age, social grade, employment, size, structure, sex, income, education, household size, home ownership or other defining characteristics. Demographics look at the movement of a population, the growth and the recession of the population in an area, a borough and also in a country. How the government uses them Since 1801 the government has been carrying out a census after every ten years. The nation has set aside one day for the census a count of all people and households. It is the most complete source of information about the population that they have. The latest census was held on Sunday 29 April 2001. Every effort is made to include everyone, and that is why the census is so important. It is the only survey which provides a detailed picture of the entire population, and is unique because it covers everyone at the same time and asks the same core questions everywhere. This makes it easy to compare different parts of the country. The information the census provides allows central and local government, health authorities and many other organisations to target their resources more effectively and to plan housing, education, health and transport services for years to come. In England and Wales, the census is planned and carried out by the Office for National Statistics. Elsewhere in the UK, responsibility lies with the General Register Office for Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. I think demographics are a good idea because it helps the government to see if there have been any changes in the population, to see whether the population conditions have improved or worsen. ...read more.


This caused racial conflict between both ethnic groups causing unacceptable racial behavior. This may have also caused stereotyping against ethnic groups as all Muslims may have considered white people as racist and all white people may have considered Muslims as terrorists. Other Riots within the UK I have done some further research on other riots that have also took place in the U.K I will give a short summary of each of these riots t make you aware of what had happened in each one. Notting hill The Notting Hill race riots were a series of racially-motivated riots which took place in the Notting Hill area of London, England over several nights in late August and early September 1958. The end of World War II had seen a marked increase in Caribbean migrants to Britain. By the 1950s, white working-class "Teddy Boys" were beginning to show hatred towards the black families in the area. The situation was taken advantage of and inflamed by groups such as Sir Oswald Mosley's Union Movement as these groups urged disaffected white residents to "Keep Britain White" The riot is thought to have started on Saturday 30 August when a gang of white youths attacked a white Swedish woman named Majbritt Morrison. The youths had seen her the previous night arguing with her Jamaican husband Raymond at Latimer Road tube station. They had shouted racial insults at him and were furious when she turned on them. Seeing her the next night, the same youths beat her with bottles, stones, wood and struck her in the back with an iron bar until the police got involved and she was escorted home. Later that night a crowd of 300 to 400 white people, many of them "Teddy Boys", were seen on Bramley Road attacking the houses of West Indian residents. The disturbances, rioting and attacks continued every night until they finally petered out by 5 September 1958. ...read more.


Hundreds of local resident were trapped in their houses, locked in by either police or rioters. A white family was reportedly robbed in their house at knife point, while a young woman was raped in her house by an intruder. Over 1,000 police were dispatched into Brixton, squeezing out the rioters. On April 12, 1981, the area was largely subdued, with no large groups except the police on the streets. The fire brigade refused to return until the following morning. Police numbers grew to over 2,500, and by the early hours of Sunday morning the rioting had fizzled out. How it affected the people It started of as a black man injured and turned into a big riot. The cause of it was mainly the treatment of the police officers as the pupils felt discriminated against and felt the police weren't giving fair treatments to others. This may have had an effect on all ethnic groups as they may have felt more freedom to do crime as they must have felt the police are not bothered. This must have had a big impact on the police officers as most individuals and groups may not have liked them very much therefore discriminated against them. Groups of people may have fought back with police instead of listening to them and the offences they have made. Some police officers may have got discriminated even after their shift was over, just for being a police officer as there now was so much hatred towards the police officers. It must have made the police officers life in danger and must have put their career on the line because if they didn't participate in helping out they could lose their job and again by helping it put their life in danger. This also may have affected the black community as they must have felt fear from the police as they were aware of how racist the police was. They may have felt scared and tension when doing anything in case they might get stopped by the police. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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