Social policy issues often present themselves initially as something which doesn’t seem fair but, before embarking on work to make changes, it is important to establish that the policy, law, or practice in question
- affects a substantial number of people,
- has a disproportionate effect on a small group of people, particularly where they belong to a minority or oppressed group.
In addition, the likelihood of a campaign’s success will depend largely on applying the best approach to the problem and ensuring that it is something successfully achieved as a result of campaigning.
Types of social policy action
- bringing issues to the attention of policymakers in government, local authorities, ombudsmen, public bodies, trade bodies, financial institutions and regulators
- responding to consultation documents
- lobbying MPs or presenting an e-petition for a House of Commons debate
- publicising the issue in the national or local media or social media to gather momentum, evidence or support for a campaign
- provide evidence and/or support to an existing campaign