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Has the Heritage of the Poor Laws Endured? Let’s look at the Elizabethan Poor Laws and our current provisions for individuals and families whose income is insufficient to maintain themselves. I’ve outlined some of the basics of each 1. Read the recap of the Poor Laws below Who (Eligibility) Poor worthy of assistance: widows, orphans, young children, elderly, disabled, ill. Those determined to be unable to work. ● They had to live in the Parish ● They did not have parents, children or grandchildren who could support them. ● Able bodied men were expected to work and punished if they did not. They were not eligible to receive the benefit What (Benefit): in kind and monetary assistance Where (Delivery): A national law but implemented by each Parish. Overseers of the poor determined who was worthy of assistance and distributed money food and clothing. Work was found for men requesting assistance and for children over the age of 6 or so who were apprenticed. How (Funding) Overseers of poor calculated the tax rate required from the Parish and collected it from property owners there. Those who did not pay were punished 2. Consider the basics of our current provisions (TANF (a.k.a. Family Assistance) and Safety Net Assistance) Family Assistance (aka TANF) Who( Eligibility) Women who are responsible for at least one child. ● They must show proof of residence in the State where they apply ● They must prove they meet the needs tests. Their income and assets are below a specified level that changes annually. ● Parents and other caretakers are responsible for cooperating with the local department of social services in locating any absent parent. Fathers are expected to contribute when they can. ● If the head(s) of household are determined to be able to work they must comply with Federal work requirements What: Specified cash benefits are available depending on family size for 60 months over a lifetime. Where National law, implemented by each county. Applicants go to a local Job Center (in NYC) or the local Department of Social Services. They may also apply online. How: Funding comes from taxes in the form of a Federal block grant and the State. Safety Net Assistance Who( Eligibility )Single adults, childless couples, families that have exceeded the 60 month limit on FA. ● They must show proof of residence in the State where they apply ● They must prove they meet the needs tests. This test is more stringent than that for FA ● If the head(s) of household are determined to be able to work they must comply with Federal work requirements What: Eligible households can generally receive SNA on a cash basis for a maximum of 24 months in a lifetime Where National law, implemented by each county. Applicants go to a local Job Center (in NYC) or the local Department of Social Services. They may also apply online. How: Funding comes from the State out of general revenues. 3. Describe what you see as the influence of the Elizabethan Poor Laws in our current provisions? In what ways? How have we modified them and why? Your Assignment: Describe How the Elizabethan Poor Laws have influenced our current social welfare provisions – ***400 or < words***
First, choose a social problem: Here are some characteristics to help you identify one.
1. An issue moves from being perceived as a personal problem to a public problem. This change in perception is social and as such social problems are socially constructed. This means that what is seen as a social problem may change over time as our perceptions change. Having a child as a single mother is a good example. Not a social problem today. Elderly abuse is another – a newly minted social problem.
2. Civil society, usually in role of government, is expected to do something about it, bringing public resources to bear
3. Our response is often delegated to social welfare sector
Go ahead – choose one! Find your passion. You can refer back to the PowerPoint under the “Assignments” section for some general ideas. You know you have identified a social problem when:
• Your issue is seen as a problem that people think “we have to do something about this.”
• There is a sense that there should be some public intervention, usually in the form of a law or regulation
Now, answer the following questions
• Why are you passionate about it?
• What human rights are violated? Check the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Look at the NASW Code of Ethics. Is this policy consistent with that code of ethics and why.
• How extensive is the problem? Document this.
• How does the social welfare sector currently address the problem?
Write a few sentences for each question. Keep it short and simple -- ***400 or less words***
2 Assignments ---400 words each assignment
Has the Heritage of the Poor Laws Endured? Let’s look at the Elizabethan Poor Laws and our current provisions for individuals and families whose income is insufficient to maintain themselves. I’ve outlined some of the basics of each 1.