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Social Policy in a Cold Climate: Policies and their Consequences Since the Crisis

Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Kitty Stewart, and Polly Vizard


The book offers a data-rich, evidence-based analysis of the impact Labour and Coalition government policies have had on inequality and on the delivery of services such as health, education, adult social care, housing and employment, in the wake of the greatest recession of our time. The authors provide an authoritative analysis of recent approaches to social policy and their outcomes following the financial crisis, with particular focus on poverty and inequality. Through a detailed look at spending, outputs and outcomes the book offers a unique appraisal of Labour and the Coalition’s impact as ... More

Keywords: welfare state, austerity, poverty, inequality, public services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447327714
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Lupton, editor
University of Manchester

Tania Burchardt, editor
London School of Economics

John Hills, editor
London School of Economics

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One Introduction

Ruth Lupton, Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, John Hills and Polly Vizard

Part One

Two Benefits, pensions, tax credits and direct taxes

John Hills, Paola De Agostini and Holly Sutherland

Three Young children

Kitty Stewart and Polina Obolenskaya

Four Schools

Ruth Lupton, Stephanie Thomson and Polina Obolenskaya

Five Further and higher education and skills

Ruth Lupton, Lorna Unwin and Stephanie Thomson

Seven Housing

Rebecca Tunstall

Eight Health

Polly Vizard, Polina Obolenskaya and Emily Jones

Nine Adult social care

Tania Burchardt, Polina Obolenskaya and Polly Vizard

Part Two

Ten Public and private welfare

Tania Burchardt and Polina Obolenskaya

Eleven Socioeconomic inequalities

John Hills and Kitty Stewart

Twelve The changing structure of UK inequality since the crisis

John Hills, Jack Cunliffe and Polina Obolenskaya

Thirteen Spatial inequalities

Ruth Lupton, Polina Obolenskaya and Amanda Fitzgerald

Part Three

Fourteen Summary and conclusion

John Hills, Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard

End Matter