Social change: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on areas such as immigration, population, relations and end of life.

Controlling immigration

Examines opinion and policies on immigration, which is seen as one of the public's most important issues

Personal relationships

Looks at calls for reform of family law to reflect social change, including trends in cohabitation and divorce

Mental health stigma

Anti-stigma campaigns and the growing profile of mental health issues have helped to change views and dispel misconceptions

Ageing population

How will future Governments deal with ever-greater pressure on public finances due to the rise in the elderly population?

Assisted suicide: the right to die

Examines public and medical opinion on assisted suicide and the courts' interpretation of the law

Funerals and space for burials

Can people afford the cost of dying and will there be space for a burial if this is what they choose?

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