Towards a More Equal Society?: Poverty, Inequality and Policy Since 1997
John Hills, Tom Sefton, Kitty Stewart
Policy Press, 2009 - Political Science - 415 pages
When New Labour came to power in 1997, its leaders asked for it to be judged after ten years on its success in making Britain 'a more equal society'. As it approaches the end of an unprecedented third term in office, this book asks whether Britain has indeed moved in that direction. The highly successful earlier volume "A more equal society?" was described by Polly Toynbee as "the LSE's mighty judgement on inequality". Now this second volume by the same team of authors provides an independent assessment of the success or otherwise of New Labour's policies over a longer period. It provides: ·[vbTab]consideration by a range of expert authors of a broad set of indicators and policy areas affecting poverty, inequality and social exclusion; ·[vbTab]analysis of developments up to the third term on areas including income inequality, education, employment, health inequalities, neighbourhoods, minority ethnic groups, children and older people;·[vbTab]an assessment of outcomes a decade on, asking whether policies stood up to the challenges, and whether successful strategies have been sustained or have run out of steam;chapters on migration, social attitudes, the devolved administrations, the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, and future pressures.The book is essential reading for academic and student audiences with an interest in contemporary social policy, as well as for all those seeking an objective account of Labour's achievements in power.
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two Poverty inequality and redistribution
4a Net incomes for hypothetical family types on half average earnings
child poverty and disadvantage
New Labours top priority
five More equal working lives? An assessment of New Labour policies
another 10 years of the same?
ten Migration migrants and inequality
eleven Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty inequality
a new point
intergenerational links wealth demography
achievement adults agenda analysis assessment benefits bottom changes Chapter child poverty childcare countries DCSF devolution DfES disabled disadvantaged discrimination distribution economic employment rates England equality and human evaluation evidence families Family Resources Survey Figure funding GCSE gender Gini coefficient Gordon Brown government's health inequalities higher HM Treasury households human rights impact improvement income inequality increase initiatives labour market levels living London lone parents low-income lower measures median migrants minority ethnic groups National Neighbourhood Renewal Neighbourhood Renewal Fund Northern Ireland OECD outcomes overall participation pensioner poverty percentage points period poorest areas population poverty line poverty rates poverty threshold programmes progress proportion pupils qualifications redistribution reducing reform rise schools Scotland shows significant social class social exclusion Source strategy Sure Start Survey Table tackling target tax credits tax-benefit trends UK-born WFTC women working-age workless