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Exploring Social Care Policy and Provision

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Exploring Social Care Policy and Provision Defining poverty is not easy and there are several reasons for it and again in different countries levels of poverty differ depending on culture. Dallos, R and McLaughlin, E describes one reason for poverty being 'the welfare state, and calls for fundamental changes in its operation'. I will be exploring how poverty and the welfare state are linked how it has emerged and what has been done to help eradicate this for those immersed in this lifestyle. One of the ways people can be helped and poverty can be targeted is though through welfare rights Bateman, N (2005). I will look at the role of the welfare rights unit where I had my first practice placement and will look at their role in the continuous struggle against poverty. 'Welfare rights practice is one way of empowering and protecting people living in poverty' Bateman, N cited in Blackwells (2002). The placement I was on was the welfare rights unit mainly offers service to those already accessing social services, and consists of the adult population. The clients are supported through Care Management. The aims of the welfare (welfare rights has many aims) rights unit is to assist on the take up of benefits as per their policies which are driven through the National Health Service, (NHS). ...read more.


When Labour government first came into power in 1997 one of the key issues targeted by Tony Blair was the welfare state and the creation of a new modern welfare state and to reform the system as it is due to the size of expenditure which at that point in 1995 was about 95 billion pounds 'labour first raised the idea of a more personalised benefit system when in opposition. The gateway idea will reinforce the government's philosophy there should be work for those who can and security for those who cannot work' www.news.bbc.uk/1/hi/uk_politics. Labour wanted the reform bill to look at all agencies working together to help those who can to claim their benefits and exact entitlement and to support those into getting work or for those who are disabled and on incapacity to support in getting work and via choices and training. Today the government has managed to provide some support to people but it just does not seem enough. Labours last few years has according to labour 'created low inflation, steady growth and high unemployment' www.news.bbc.uk/1/hi/uk_politics. Labour's new economic to move more people from welfare to work, the savings on unemployment benefits go towards investing more in education but is this pledge enough can it be sustained . Labour has several pledges but does not tackle those who are really in poverty how can thay afford to buy their own home as this is one of the targets when they can barely live. ...read more.


Reference Acheson, D (1998) 'Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health Report' The Stationery Office Banks, S (2002) 'Ethics and Values in Social Work' 2nd Ed PALGRAVE Hampshire Bateman, N (2000) 'Advocacy Skills for Health and Social Care Professionals' Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd London Beveridge, J (1954) 'Beveridge and His Plan' for London Hodder and Stoughton by T and A Constable Ltd Publishers London Coulshed, V and Orme, J (1998) 'Social Work Practice an introduction' 3rd Ed published by PALGRAVE Hampshire Dallos, R and McLaughlin, E (ed.) (1999) 'Social Problems and the Family' SAGE publications London Davies, M (ed.) (2002) 'The Blackwell Companion to Social Work' 2nd Ed Blackwell publishing Franklin, J (1998) 'Social Policy and Social Justice' Blackwell Publishers General Social Care Council (2002) 'Codes Of Practice' published by General Social Care Council London Kallen, E (2004) 'Social Inequality and Social Injustice - A Human Rights Perspective' published by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Hampshire Langan, M (ed.) (1998) 'Welfare; needs rights and risks' published by Routledge London Lishman, J (1994) 'Communication in Social Work' published by PALGRAVE Hampshire McLeod, E and Bywaters, P (2000) 'Social work, Health and Inequality' published by Routledge London Pierson, J and Thomas, N (ed.)(2002) 'Collins dictionary of Social work' HarperCollins publisher Glasgow [Online] Available at: http://www.NHS Care in the Community Act 1990 (accessed on 06 April 2005) [Online] Available at: http: www.labour.org. ...read more.

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