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Justice and Social Exclusion

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Justice and Social Exclusion. "The Future of Social Injustice in Britain: A New Mission for the Community Legal Service" provides a cool analysis of the gaping hole at the centre of the UK Labour Government's anti-poverty strategy. Access to justice can be crucial for the heavily indebted, those appealing against social housing authorities and people seeking to challenge rulings on the welfare benefits entitlements. The Lord Chancellor's Department, no friend of the poor, has removed public funding from many types of cases but hasn't used expenditure savings to promote access to justice. This paper by Jonathan Stein, an American legal activist, makes a series of proposals aimed at imbuing the Community Legal Service with a social justice mission.

 

By Centre for the Analysis for Social Exclusion, UK.

Law and Order Policy Resource.


Drugs

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Drugs. Use of illegal drugs is increasingly common, yet there has been little serious discussion of the underlying causes, or whether existing prevention policies are effective. This summary brings together findings from two inquiries that received support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and which were designed to consider how UK drugs policy should move forward. One of the key findings is that, in 1997-98, 75 per cent of the £1.4 billion committed to tackling drug misuse was spent on law enforcement. Treatment and rehabilitation programmes claimed 13 per cent, and 12 per cent went on education and prevention.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

Law and Order Policy Resource.


Age Discrimination Laws - Lessons for the UK

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Age Discrimination Laws - Lessons for the UK. Britain has committed itself to introducing age discrimination legislation. Zmira Hornstein reviews age discrimination laws in the US, Canada, and Australia. The UK faces several key choices in designing future policies. Should age discrimination be dealt with by the same agency as race and sexual discrimination? Should it permit employers to set mandatory retirement ages? How much power should it give the enforcement authorities? This summary of research is published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

 

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.

Law and Order Policy Resource.