Welfare: Needs, Rights and Risks addresses the question of how people get access to social welfare in the UK today. It explores the public, political and professional definitions, constructions and conflicts about who should receive social welfare and under what conditions. In a period during which the rationing, targeting and selective provision of welfare have become more significant, more visible and more disputed, this book examines how individuals and groups come to be defined as in need, at risk or deserving of welfare.
'The contributors have achieved the difficult task of rounding off, summarily and appropriately, a most interesting and informative series. If all the books in this series are just as detailed and neutral they may indeed become the core texts for social policy courses at UK universities.' - Nursing Ethics 1999 Vol 6:4
' ... an excellent introductory book that looks at how people get access to social welfare in the UK today ... this book is well worth reading and even worth buying especially by those students interested in social policy developments.' - Community Care January 1999