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The Coalition Government and Social PolicyRestructuring the Welfare State$
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Hugh Bochel and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324560

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.001.0001

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The coalition government, public spending and social policy

The coalition government, public spending and social policy

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(p.27) Two The coalition government, public spending and social policy
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The Coalition Government and Social Policy
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Nick Ellison

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324560.003.0002

This chapter highlights key features of the coalition government’s approach to public expenditure from 2010 to 2015. It notes the use of the ideas of ‘austerity’ and the public deficit to justify the extent and shape of cuts in public spending and argues that the ‘disaggregation’ of public spending as a result had a profound impact on the shape and nature of social policy in the UK, with some groups and services affected significantly more than others. The chapter suggests that under the Conservative government elected in 2015 the demands of austerity and the promise of a budget surplus by 2019/20 mean that the pressures on public spending and the welfare state will continue.

Keywords:   public expenditure, coalition government, conservative government, austerity, social policy

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