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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 Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422255.001.0001

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Convergence in social policy

Convergence in social policy

(p.104) (p.105) Six Convergence in social policy
The impact of devolution on social policy

Derek Birrell

Policy Press

This chapter examines the scope and significance of continuing convergence in social policy throughout the four countries of the UK and emphasises the main factors promoting convergence. It explains that the two main reasons for the convergence of social policies are first, because the policy area falls within policies reserved to the UK government, leading to parity in legislation, policy and provision. The second reason is through a decision by all four governments to adopt or endorse the same policies. It notes that under the convergence heading, the most important social policy area is social security, which rather dominates the issue.

Keywords:   convergence, social policy, UK, legislation, parity, government, social security

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