Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. 2nd edition.

Jane Millar (Editor)

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Abstract

In an increasingly risky world the need for social security support is greater than ever. Benefits and tax credits aim to provide protection against economic risks, help families with the costs of bringing up children, enable people to save for retirement, and provide support in old age. Key goals are to redistribute income to alleviate poverty and help people maintain living standards across the life course. Reform of the social security and tax systems has been at the heart of the UK Labor government's aspirations to modernize the welfare state since 1997 with major changes in both policy and administration.
This second edition of the important text, Understanding Social Security, reviews these policy developments, giving readers the information and analytical tools to make sense of policy debates and reforms and to evaluate options for the future. The chapters have been extensively updated since the first edition, with new chapters on social security reform, inequalities and social security, and the new 'welfare market'. The main topics covered include: the social security safety net; racism, ethnicity, migration; social security governance; global social security; social security and the life course; the challenge of childhood poverty; reforming pensions; welfare to work; sickness, incapacity and disability; tax credits; service delivery; and, information technology. The book provides a critical examination of social security policy and practice and is essential reading for students of social policy, social work and sociology, as well as policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of social security, welfare-to-work, employment, anti-poverty strategies and welfare rights. It will be of interest to those interested in recent policy developments in these areas, emerging issues and debates, and in wider issues of the modernization of the welfare state.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages322
ISBN (Electronic)9781447342762
ISBN (Print)9781847421869
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Understanding Social Security: Issues for policy and practice. 2nd edition. / Millar, Jane (Editor).

Bristol : Policy Press, 2009. 322 p.

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