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Addressing water poverty under climate crisis: implications for social policy

Valero, Diana, Cook, Jess, Lee, Angus, Browne, Alison L., Ellis, Rowan, Pancholi, Vidya Sagar and Hoolohan, Claire (2023) Addressing water poverty under climate crisis: implications for social policy. Social Policy and Society. ISSN 1475-3073

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746423000258


Access to safe, clean and affordable water is a basic human right and a global goal towards which climate change poses new challenges that heavily impact the health and wellbeing of people across the globe and exacerbate or create new inequalities. These challenges are shaped by a number of geographical and social conditions that, apart from the risks of weather-driven impacts on water, include water governance and management arrangements in place, including pricing tariffs, and the interplay of social and economic inequalities. Building on examples from Australia, Scotland and England and Wales that illustrate access to water in different types of water provision systems, and regarding to aspects of access, quality and affordability, this paper explores the types of challenges related to water poverty in the context of climate crisis and reflects on the multiple dimensions of water poverty oriented social policy at the interplay of climate change associated risks.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: International History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2023 16:12
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 02:22

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