The New Labour government in the UK is committed to a programme of reform of the welfare state that will pull away safety nets and replace them by trampolines, to bounce citizens back into active participation. Its regime of 'tough love' will make more demands on those claiming benefits and services, as well as clamping down on dependencey, fraud and crime. This will be done by changing the culture of welfare agencies, towards promoting achievement and independence, as well as meeting 'genuine need'. In Social Work and the Third Way, Bill Jordan provides an accessible and lively analysis of the tensions between 'toughness' and 'love' in the Third Way's political philosophy, and the problems of implementing New Labour

The Third Way in Local Authority Social Services: Modernization and Management

The third way in local authority social services: Modernization and management

The second part of this book advocates a broader understanding of social work, both as a professional activity, and as a means of implementing social policy. There is a wide range of practice concerned with social relations, and especially with the regeneration of deprived communities, that constitutes social work in this broader sense. Its practitioners have important values, commitments and methods in common, and would gain from sharing aspects of training and development. This is not an attempt to suggest that established social work ‘take over’ these other branches and occupations; rather it proposes a mutual identification and merging of approaches.

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