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Cuts and social policy in the UK; Are the cuts in Britain falling disproportionately on the poor
Topic Started: Mar 10 2012, 08:31 PM (583 Views)
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It's not sexy but the main things occupying politics at the moment in Britain are:

The reforms to welfare:
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17204301

Reforms to legal aid:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17265518
http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/mar/05/legal-aid-bill-defeated-lords
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=19984

In both of the above, the opposition (and some people on the Government benches) say the reforms go to far and cut the support for people at the bottom of society too much.

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There's also the Health And Social Care Bill. In it the Bill reforms the way the NHS (National Health Service) functions. It's key provision is that GPs, General Practitioners (i.e. family doctors), would be given a budget and it's up to them to decide how to spend that money. Hospitals and other providers of health services would then compete for referrals from the various GP consortia.

In the US, the dirty word for healthcare is "Socialization". In the UK the dirty word is "Privatisation". The opposition accuse the Govt. of trying to create a system that would lead to the eventual privatisation of healthcare.

For more details see:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12177084
http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17283612
http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2012/03/conservative-party-montgomerie
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