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Towards a Social Policy

In Britain the concentration of major changes in the few years from 1944 to 1948 tended to obscure the extent to which these measures were, in Beveridge's words about his own proposals, 'a natural development from the past'. In one sense it is inevitable that unless a state suffers some dramatic destructive experience new services will tend to develop from the old and make use of institutions, methods and skills developed in the past. In Britain, however, this process of adaption is particularly evident, being combined with a tendency to meet problems one by one as they arise rather than by the development of a consistent policy.