A more equal society? : New Labour, poverty, inequality and by John Hills, Kitty Stewart

By John Hills, Kitty Stewart

This significant new publication presents, for the 1st time, a close overview of rules on poverty and social exclusion given that 1997, and their results. Bringing jointly best specialists within the box, it considers the demanding situations the govt has confronted, the rules selected and the objectives set in an effort to determine effects. Employment : tackling poverty via 'work when you can' / Abigail McKnight -- schooling, schooling, schooling ... : an evaluate of labour's good fortune in tackling schooling inequalities / Abigail McKnight, Howard Glennerster and Ruth Lupton -- Tackling health and wellbeing inequalities / Franco Sassi -- Social and political participation and inclusion / Liz Richardson -- dangers by means of the place you reside? New Labour and neighbourhood renewal / Ruth Lupton and Anne strength -- in the direction of an equivalent begin? Addressing youth poverty and deprivation / Kitty Stewart -- a safe retirement for all? Older humans and New Labour / Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham -- Ethnic inequalities less than New Labour : development or entrenchment? Coretta Phillips -- Selective inclusion : asylum seekers and different marginalised teams / Tania Burchardt -- Inequality and poverty below New Labour / Tom Sefton and Holly Sutherland -- that is the manner the cash is going : expenditure styles as genuine earning upward push for the poorest households with young children / Paul Gregg, Jane Waldfogel and Elizabeth Washbrook -- citing households in negative neighbourhoods lower than New Labour / Anne strength and Helen Willmot -- adjustments in poverty and inequality within the united kingdom in overseas context / Kitty Stewart -- A tide grew to become yet mountains but to climb? / John Hills and Kitty Stewart

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Overall reported progress has been good: the 2003 results show that 32 of the 43 outcome indicators for which there are data have been improving, not just over the most recent year but in the medium-term (roughly since Labour came to power), while only two have got worse in the most recent year, and none have got worse over the full period (DWP, 2003b). Assessing the government’s success in meeting its own objectives, therefore, 13 A more equal society? could be a relatively straightforward task, with a lot of the work already done, although the tricky question of whether the targets set were sufficiently ambitious remains.

Which could be stimulated through a variety of policies. Indeed, as we shall see, Labour adopted and strengthened many of the supply-side policies developed and introduced by previous Conservative governments. In this chapter, we examine the progress of Labour’s Employment Opportunity for All agenda, identifying areas where New Labour’s approach diverges from previous approaches, and we assess the appropriateness of Labour’s emphasis on employment in its bid to reduce poverty. After outlining Labour’s inheritance, we assess Labour’s performance by first looking at macroeconomic trends in the labour market before turning to specific groups.

Where reduction in poverty is a key policy objective, tackling the overlap between poverty and worklessness poses one of the greatest policy challenges. While a whole raft of policies can be introduced to reduce levels of worklessness, it is inevitable that some individuals (usually the most disadvantaged) will experience periods of non-employment and for others work is simply not an option (either in the short term and sometimes in the long term). Through the safety net objective of the UK welfare state, these individuals (and, where applicable, their dependants) are provided with an income through social security benefits.

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