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Towards a more equal society?Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997$
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John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001

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Conclusions: climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills?

Conclusions: climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills?

(p.340) (p.341) SIXTEN Conclusions: climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills?
Towards a more equal society?

Hills John

Sefton Tom

Stewart Kitty

Policy Press

This chapter pulls together the threads of the book with the aim of reaching an overall assessment of the government's record since it came to power in 1997. It examines whether the evidence of the previous chapters adds up to a picture of substantial change, a serious assault on inherited levels of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. The chapter examines how much of a difference New Labour, after more than a decade in government, can be said to have made and whether Britain is a ‘more equal society’ than it was in 1997. In several key respects, the UK was a somewhat more equal society after 10 years of New Labour government.

Keywords:   1997 General Election, poverty, inequality, social exclusion, New Labour, equal society, Britain, UK

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