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Thinking the Unthinkable - ten years on

Thinking the Unthinkable - ten years on - Frank Field MP

Frank Field MP
Fifth Leveson Lecture, 2006 (Leveson Paper 15)

This publication is the text of the Fifth Leveson Lecture which was delivered by one of our distinguished Patrons, the Rt Hon Frank Field MP for Birkenhead.   It was different from its predecessors in that it did not focus exclusively on the issues which older people face. While pensioner poverty was addressed, this was set within the welfare reform programme over the past ten years.

Thus a significant portion of this publication deals with policies designed for example to help families from welfare into work and discusses the need for a vastly improved child support system. Clearly the welfare of any section of the community is bound up with the welfare of society as a whole and those concerned about social policy for older people need to be aware of the problems which any government faces in trying to institute wide-reaching welfare reforms.

The publication highlights the fact that whilst many of those who support the Leveson Centre for the Study of Ageing, Spirituality and Social Policy are particularly concerned with ageing and spirituality, social policy must be seen as equally important. If we are to pursue our aim of making life better for older people we cannot afford to ignore wider policy issues or turn our backs on the processes of political decision-making.

Thinking the Unthinkable - ten years on (Leveson Paper 15 )
Frank Field MP

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