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Promoting welfare?Government information policy and social citizenship$
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Penny Leonard

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344885

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344885.001.0001

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Social democracy and information

Social democracy and information

(p.37) Four Social democracy and information
Promoting welfare?

Penny Leonard

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the connection between information and social democracy. It begins by examining the National Assistance Act from 1948 to 1966. This was followed by the Supplementary Benefits Commission, which was from 1966 to 1988. It reveals that during this period of social democracy, there has been a clear and general shift away from a planned and comprehensive information policy. This policy was intended to reach all potential claimants. Available evidence of information policy is based on considerations of financial resources. Since policy was sensitive to public opinion and was a reflection of the moral values and attitudes of politicians, benefits were no longer promoted unquestionably.

Keywords:   social democracy, National Assistance Act, Supplementary Benefits Commission, information policy, potential claimants, financial resources, public opinion

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