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The impact of devolution on social policy$
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Derek Birrell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422255

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422255.001.0001

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Incremental change and low-level differences

Incremental change and low-level differences

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(p.75) Five Incremental change and low-level differences
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The impact of devolution on social policy
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Derek Birrell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422255.003.0005

This chapter discusses a substantial policy area where the basic principles of policies have largely remained the same throughout the UK. This includes the voluntary sector, housing, aspects of health and children's services. Also in this category are components of policy areas and examples discussed are direct payments, anti-poverty, child poverty and social inclusion strategies, early years and child care strategies, children's services, overall health strategies, the regulation of social care and housing policies and strategies. This incremental change and low-level differences in the basic principles of policies in the UK indicates that there may be less difference than some of the rhetoric labels surrounding policy and strategic initiatives indicate. This chapter argues that the main reasons for incremental differences depend on the degrees of innovative thinking, variation in needs, different priorities and administrative structures.

Keywords:   UK, voluntary sector, housing policies, health, child care, innovative thinking, administrative structures

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