Examine the Ways in Which State Policy May Affect Families and Households

State policies are sets of rules to follow that are there to improve/benefit household .They differ in every country because the state may have different priorities. If education is the main concern then they may take measures to improve this (1944 education act) or divorce could be an issue and policies could be introduced to improve the process (whether making it harder or easier. They could also be related to how the children are cared for after) .
Almost all social policies are there to encourage family whether endorsed by the new right or new labour. The new right are very traditional and therefore introduce policies which benefit or encourage nuclear families. Their ideas on policies which benefit family (ultimately society on a whole) are very different to those of new labour and feminists.   Although the new right and labour have very different ideas they do have some policies which link with new right.   The tax and welfare policies are there to improve life by helping with family finances. They tend to encourage heterosexual and married couples as that’s who they benefit the most. The housing policy also links in with this, as the best council houses are often allocated to married couple and the worst to lone parent families. It is almost like a punishment for not being a nuclear family. Policies such as this discriminate against lone parent families. This makes it increasingly difficult in economic terms to be a lone parent and also coincides with the new rights idea that the family should be a self reliant entity. It also discriminates against co-habiting and families with homosexual parents (gay marriage in the uk was not legal until recent years).
Although tax and welfare policies primarily benefit nuclear families, policies such as the new deal of 1988 focus on helping lone mothers return to work. Maternity leave also allows women to have time off to recuperate and care for newborn while being able to return to work. Mothers are also have the right...