The National Social Report outlines the UK’s key challenges and agreed policy responses in the fields of social inclusion, pensions and health and long term care. It replaces the previous National Strategy Reports on Social Protection and Social Inclusion with a much shorter but more regular report, potentially annually rather than 3-yearly.
This reflects agreement at the June 2011 Employment and Social Policy Council to re-invigorate the Open Method, which supports mutual learning through exchanges of information and good practice between Member States, under Article 156 of the Treaty for European Union. In particular, the Council called for more regular and concise national reports, supplemented by more detailed thematic studies by the Social Protection Committee on areas of common interest.
UK National Social Report 2012
We published the National Social Report 2012 on 24 May 2012.
This National Social Report aims to support UK participation in the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). The UK strongly supports the use of the OMC, which allows us to share good practice and learning between Member States on social policy issues, while respecting Member States’ competence for such policy and diversity of approach, in line with Article 156 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
This report outlines the current economic and social situation in the UK, highlighting the challenges the UK faces in meeting the objectives of the Open Method of Coordination for social protection and social inclusion. The report goes on to set out the UK Government’s and devolved authorities’ responses to these challenges. Progress against the EU headline social exclusion target, primarily through the UK’s child poverty strategy, is covered in the UK National Reform Programme (NRP) report, which sets out our structural reform plans focussed on promoting growth and employment.