Background of assignment The main focus of social policy making in Britain is social welfare provision by the state (Walsh et al.2000). Social Policy makers are influenced by main factors, including the media, political ideologies, pressure groups culture and the economy. The objective of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to consider the complexity of issue with regard to social policy making and its impact on British Society. The Task You are required to write an essay critically discusses the impact of social policy on British Society. The essay should include ideologies and welfare issues. â€¢You must attempt to evaluate two social policy ideologies, such as Right and Left ideologies. â€¢You should also consider the impact of the Beveridge Report, its impact and its implications for todayâ€™s society. â€¢You should identify how social policy issues are influenced by various factors, eg. the economy, and how the factors overlap. An example of this might be how different political parties have their own ideology about public spending but the economic situation means that cuts have to be made, regardless of who is in government. â€¢You can choose to focus on one aspect relating to one of the following; health, education, poverty, employment or housing to illustrate present day policies. â€¢While the majority of your essay will be focussed on Britain you should also identify the role of the European Union in the development of social policy. You must reference your essay using the Harvard Referencing system. Criteria for assignment 1.1 Critically assess the impact of historical influences, socio-political agendas and economic climates on the main features of contemporary social policy. 2.1 Describe and evaluate the role of national government in Britain and the European Union in the development of social policy. Critically discuss two influential and current models of social policy in Britain and the European Union, e.g. social democratic, mixed economy, new right.
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