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Parliament has long concerned itself with social policy. Poor laws and relief acts date back to the 15th and 16th centuries, while the 20th century witnessed the development of the welfare state and huge strides in equality legislation. We introduce this chapter by profiling the government departments that impact on the societal make-up of modern Britain, from transport to the arts to our legal system. It also features prime examples of best practice in these various fields, from champions of the charity and social care sectors, to organisations at the forefront of social inclusion, environmental innovation and cultural endeavour.
Governance and policy Diversity pioneers
Care and community Charity sector success Environmental expertise Cultivators of culture