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Essay 2013 Title: Discuss the influence of the Catholic Church on Irish Social Policy
This essay examines the influence of the Catholic Church on Irish Social Policy. This essay will focus on the Church’s role as a provider of charity. It seeks to address the following questions: How does one define social policy? Why did strong ties exist between The Catholic Church and the Irish State? Why did the Catholic Church endorse the principle of subsidiarity? What key policies are evident of Catholic influence? How does one define Social Policy? According to Titmuss (1974) Social Policy includes “Social administration, Social security, social services and social welfare”. The development of such policies are a response at governmental level to meet specific needs in society .These needs tend to relate to areas such as health, education, housing ,employment. Voluntary and local groups play an important role in delivering certain social services which should not overlooked.
Social policy seeks “to meet human needs and to respond to the risks human beings face”(Considine and Dukelow,p.xx1,2009) . Complexities arise from defining, what these risks and needs .In order to implement social policy, resources are required. In times of limited resources constraints are enforced on social policy. Resources are provided by means of taxation, both direct (income tax) and indirect tax ( VAT).The accumulation of various taxations are then redistributed and fund social policy.
It could be argued that social policy seeks to tackle Beveridge’s“5 giant evils” ignorance, want, squalor, disease and idleness equating to education, poverty,health,unemployment and housing ,ironically still evident in Irish society almost seventy after the Beveridge report was published.
In order to
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