Taking Stock

Scottish Social Welfare after Devolution

John Stewart

Taking Stock
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John Stewart

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2004
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781861345233 Published September 2004 For sale in North and South America only
As part of the devolution process, a range of powers was granted to the newly formed Scottish Parliament in 1999. These powers principally governed social welfare where there was already a degree of Scottish autonomy. Welfare has thus been central to the devolution project. The book looks at why social welfare issues were central to the devolution process in Scotland; explores the particular social and financial circumstances in which Scottish policy makers operate; reviews and assesses Scottish policies for children, education and lifelong learning; examines health policy, including care for the elderly, an especially controversial example of 'policy divergence' from England and provides an invaluable overview of the Scottish welfare state is as it is, and discusses how it might develop in the future. This book is essential reading for all those concerned with the contemporary and historical dimensions of social policy in Scotland and how they relate to developments in other parts of the United Kingdom.

1. Introduction: welfare and devolution
2. Income and expenditure
3. Poverty, inequality and social disadvantage
4. Children, education and lifelong learning
5. Health policy
6. Scottish social welfare after devolution: autonomy and divergence?

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