Government publishes 2012 National Social Report
The Government has published the National Social Report for 2012. The National Social Report outlines the UK’s key challenges and agreed policy responses in the fields of social inclusion, pensions and health and long term care.
It replaces the previous National Strategy Reports on Social Protection and Social Inclusion with a much shorter but more regular report, potentially annually rather than 3-yearly.
The report outlines the current economic and social situation in the UK, highlighting the challenges the UK faces in meeting the objectives of the Open Method of Coordination for social protection and social inclusion. The report goes on to set out the UK Government’s and devolved authorities’ responses to these challenges. Progress against the EU headline social exclusion target, primarily through the UK’s child poverty strategy, is covered in the UK National Reform Programme (NRP) report, which sets out our structural reform plans focussed on promoting growth and employment.
The UK Government's priorities for reducing poverty and social exclusion are:
* Supporting families
* Supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds
* Tackling the problem of worklessness
* Supporting the most disadvantaged adults
* Providing adequate and sustainable pensions
* Ensuring accessible, high-quality and sustainable healthcare and long-term care