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Political events and government policies are among the factors which influence the delivery of human services. This paper shows that the Federal Government shut down of 2013 affected the delivery of human services greatly. The paper also identifies demographic trends will affect future human service delivery.
The government shut down of September 2013 had far reaching consequences on the delivery of human services. The Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention’s fight for flu was affected, yet the flu season was underway. Secondly, benefits to the disabled people were interrupted. Thirdly, children with cancer who got support through human services were affected. Fourthly, the head-start program which assists many kids was affected. Further, nutritional programmes for children, mothers and infants were affected to a great extent. Finally, research for new diseases had to be halted. The political event impacted heavily on the delivery of man services.
Several demographic trends are likely to affect service delivery in human services sector in the future. It is has been observed that, in the future, the share of the aged is very likely to increase rapidly. This will increase the dependency ratio, and strain the delivery of human services to the ever increasing dependents. As people age, family carers will decrease tremendously. This means that there will be more dependents than the people to care for them. The result will be a strain on human service delivery. Going by the postulation of the law of demand and supply, the cost of care will increase. The government will be required to allocate more for service delivery to the ageing population. Since a big portion of the population will be the aged, the government may not be in a position to raise that money. There is a need to address the trends as early as possible.