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Plans for 'social contracts'

27th November 2006

27062006_BurgerToy1.jpgPatients may have to pledge to stay slim before they are offered operations on the NHS, as part of new ‘social contracts’ that are being considered.

The idea forms part of a range of ideas to increase personal responsibility among Britons which could also see parents signing up to agreements to help with their child's homework.

In return patients and parents alike would receive high-quality public services.

The ‘social’ contracts between the state and its citizens are being considered by the Downing Street policy review, established by the Prime Minister a month ago.

It will look at what is expected of citizens in the UK, beyond paying tax and obeying laws.

The process is expected to inform the Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review, which will set Whitehall budgets for the coming three years.

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