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Social services

The parts of social security requiring individual contact rather than cash payments. People’s minimum consumption needs can be met by cash payments to those without sufficient incomes, through pensions and other benefits. Some citizens, however, need personal assistance with managing their lives as well as cash handouts. Personal social services cover matters such as home help for the disabled, advice and supervision for those on probation, advice and assistance in dealing with children and adults with behavioural problems, and supervision of parents thought to be capable of harming their children.

Reference: Oxford Press Dictonary of Economics, 5th edt.