Making a complex subject very approachable, this new edition to this popular book is an essential resource for any student needing to understand social policy in Britain today. This is an updated edition of a very well-established and strong selling book. The author is respected by lecturers and popular with students. It has fully revised features to aid learning, including web-based and electronic resource lists.Understanding social policy can be a daunting task, this book guides students and trainees through the subject, making complex ideas easy to digest. Packed with updated questions, tasks and resource lists, it provides important material on major new areas of debate, including pension provision and rising NHS costs.