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Social Policy in a Cold ClimatePolicies and their Consequences Since the Crisis$
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Ruth Lupton, Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Kitty Stewart, and Polly Vizard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327714

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327714.001.0001

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Spatial inequalities

Spatial inequalities

(p.291) Thirteen Spatial inequalities
Social Policy in a Cold Climate

Ruth Lupton

Polina Obolenskaya

Amanda Fitzgerald

Policy Press

This chapter examines inequalities in economic and social outcomes between English regions, and between richer and poorer neighbourhoods, in the period following the financial crisis. It also looks at the policies of Labour and Coalition governments towards spatial inequalities. It finds that despite the finance-led recession, London continued to pull further ahead of other regions economically, and on some social indicators including education and some health outcomes. A new political consensus appeared to emerge around the need for regional economic rebalancing and a new debate about what form a new ‘regional policy’ should take. However, at the same time, there was less focus on the problems of disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the arguments for spatially redistributive social policies for reasons of equity and social justice. In some respects, the distribution of spending also became more disconnected from levels of need in local areas, a move that may lead to greater spatial disparities in the short term

Keywords:   North/South divide, regions, regeneration, neighbourhoods, economic development

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