Mastering Social Welfare by Pat Young (auth.)

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Both these attitudes arise from the fact that society is at present geared to couples and nuclear families. However, whilst single parent families should not be characterised as problem families, they do encounter special difficulties, many of which could be alleviated by legislation and better welfare provision. 11 Make a list of the sort of problems you think a single parent might encounter. The problems experienced by widows and widowers, divorcees and unmarried parents vary to some extent, although there are common factors.

Employers in the textile industries looked to India and Pakistan for staff. In the words of one writer: The 'immigrants' came because they were invited. The Macmillan government embarked on a large-scale advertising campaign to attract them. They were extraordinary advertisements, full of hope and optimism, which made Britain out to be a land of plenty, a golden opportunity not to be missed. They worked. People travelled here in good faith, believing themselves wanted. 10 People came for work, in order to send money back home or to achieve a better standard of living for themselves and their families.

This consists of separate nuclear families, related to each other, who do not have a great deal of actual physical contact, but who exchange significant services. An example of this would be families who live in different parts of the country, but who help each other out, for instance, in raising money for one member to start a business. In some societies, matrifocal families are common, consisting of a woman and her children. It is difficult to decide if lone mothers in Britain can be seen in this way since, although there are many such families, they are not seen as a normal situation, but as resulting from unusual circumstances.

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