Wellbeing and Quality of Life after the Financial Tsunami: Implications for Social Policy. David Phillips Sociological Studies University of Sheffield. Overview. What is social policy? What is quality of life? The social division of welfare and wellbeing
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% of UK Government spending on social policy:
Totalling two-thirds of public expenditure
‘Social Policy is the study of human well-being. … More specifically Social Policy entails the study of the social relations necessary for human wellbeing and the systems by which wellbeing may be promoted’.
Phillips, D. (2006) Quality of Life: Concept, Policy and Practice. London, Routledge
Quality of life is both an individual and collective attribute.
At the individual level it includes objective and subjective elements. People’s objective quality of life requires that their basic needs are met and that they have the material resources necessary to fulfil the social requirements of citizenship.
People’s collectively focused quality of life requires global environmental sustainability, both physical and social, and the following social resources within the communities and societies in which they live: