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Inequality and the State$
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John Hills

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276646

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199276641.001.0001

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New Labour, Welfare, and Distribution

New Labour, Welfare, and Distribution

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(p.209) 9 New Labour, Welfare, and Distribution
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Inequality and the State
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199276641.003.0009

Analyses the impact of changes in tax and social security policy since the New Labour government came into office in the UK in May 1997. Looks at the challenges the Blair government faced in 1997 and at what has been new about ‘New’ Labour policies since then. Outlines the key features of these policies, looking in turn at those connected with labour markets, incomes, social exclusion, and public spending. Examines what we know so far about the outcomes of these policies in terms of recent trends in poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, and at what modelling evidence suggests their impact will be, particularly on rates of poverty.

Keywords:   Blair government, child poverty, impact of policy, new deal, New Labour, policy change, public spending, social exclusion, tax and social security, trends in inequality, welfare to work

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