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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2005): Welfare State - UK

Inequality in public service provision

N. Smith

Working Brief, issue 166, 2005, p.10-12

Over a range of public services, minority ethnic groups receive a lower quality of provision than the majority. This is due in part to communication difficulties and lack of cultural sensitivity on the part of service providers. Public service provision could be improved by more effective consultation with minority ethnic users over design and delivery, more use of minority ethnic staff, better interpretation and advocacy services, and more rigorous performance monitoring.

Not everyone’s a winner

A. Klaushofer

Public Finance, July 8th - 14th , 2005, p.20-23

As the Lottery Bill progresses through Parliament, fears about lottery independence are added to worries that so many public services receive lottery funding that it constitutes a voluntary "stealth tax". The School Food Trust, Healthy Living Centres, MRI Scanners, a heart failure nurse, and computers for public libraries are all funded by cash from the lottery.

Taking stock: Scottish social welfare after devolution

J. Stewart

Bristol: Policy Press, 2005

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 project. This book examines social welfare in Scotland since devolution. In particular, it focuses on: the politics of welfare during and after the devolution process; poverty and inequality; and the two single most important powers devolved to the Edinburgh Parliament, education and health.

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