Should Social Services be Provided by Community Organisations or the Government?
The paper addresses the question as to whether community organizations in the United Kingdom or the government should provide social services.
# 147298 | 950 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 |
Published on Mar 14, 2011 in Political Science (Government Agencies) , Sociology (Social Work) , Political Science (Social Security and Welfare) , Public Administration (General)
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The papers asks whether community services in the United Kingdom should be provided by grass roots organisations and groups within the community , or by central and local government. From the outset, the author takes the position that communities, rather than the government should be responsible for social service. To back up this position, the paper's writer briefly reviews the development of the welfare state in the UK. The paper then continues to show how, over the years, this has impacted local communities and encouraged them to take more responsibility for social services.
From the Paper:"Community based action is one of the most pivotal levers in accurately assessing and combating the problems faced in a particular geographic region. Indeed, many point to the breakdown in community fabrics as the prime factor behind the general lack of social cohesion and harmony in modern Britain. This view contends that the lack of social provision and support not only drastically limits the possibilities of community members, but also plays a significant role in social breakdown and anti social activities.
"Therefore, at the outset we can be sure that the provision of social services to communities lies at the heart of any socially based problem solving initiative. However, the manner in which these services should be provided and by whom, is a question that has caused consternation among authorities in social policy (Fitzpatrick, 2001). Above all, the central question is whether community services should be provided by grass roots organisations and groups within the actual community itself, or by central and local government. Such is the ultimate concern of this piece."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Banks,S, Butcher H, Henderson,P and Robertson J. (2003). Managing Community Practice: Principles, Policies and Programmes. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Craig, G. (1999). Developing 'local compacts' between local government and the voluntary sector, http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/socialpolicy/239.asp, date accessed 27/10/2008.
- Fitzpatrick, T. (2001). Welfare Theory: an Introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Gilchrist, A. (2008). CDX Information Sheet, www.cdx.org.uk/files/u1/what_is_cd.pdf, date accessed 27/10/2008.
- Hill, M.J. (1993). The Welfare State in Britain: A Political History Since 1945, Aldershot: Elgar.
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