British Society and Social Welfare: Towards a Sustainable by Vic George, Paul Wilding

By Vic George, Paul Wilding

This e-book presents an research of the sustainability of recent British society. Its center chapters discover 5 significant features of up to date Britain the place advancements appear to threaten society's sustainability--work, the kinfolk, the surroundings, social department, and legislation and order. It seems to be on the present scenario in every one region, examines fresh adjustments and executive responses, and explores why alterations have occurred; the authors then severely assessment traditional and radical coverage proposals for resolving the problems.

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Successive Conservative governments have defied the European Court on several employment issues and have doggedly refused to accept the Social Chapter of the ED. The change in the indexation method of benefits, the increased use of assistance instead of insurance benefits, the taxation of unemployment benefit, the spread of low-wage employment and, perhaps above all, the sharp lowering of taxation rates on higher incomes inevitably increased income inequality. It was a policy that governments pursued in their belief that increased inequality sharpens work incentives and improves productivity rates.

The major achievements of governments in Western Europe during the postwar period down to the mid 1970s were high rates of economic growth and low levels of unemployment. Living standards improved for all as a result of both rising earnings and expanding welfare provision. People enjoyed security of employment, and many looked forward to good career prospects. Security at work was matched by family stability and community cohesion. Inequality and poverty declined as a result of the improvement of wages, the expansion of the welfare state and the progressive nature of direct taxation systems.

However, the sustainability of society depends on being alert to the need to get the balance right. 9. Contemporary society in Britain will only survive as a living, collective enterprise if people feel involved in decisions about its life and their future. Sustainability depends on consent, and people must feel that their voice counts. A sense of powerlessness breeds frustration and alienation, and a weakening of any sense of commitment to common goals and purposes. Democratic participation means much more than voting every few years in central and local government elections.

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