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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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Ethnic inequalities: another 10 years of the same?

Ethnic inequalities: another 10 years of the same?

(p.178) (p.179) NINEEthnic inequalities: another 10 years of the same?
Towards a more equal society?

Phillips Coretta

Policy Press

This chapter examines New Labour's strategies to reduce ethnic inequalities. It evaluates the impact of general policies and specifically targeted initiatives on longstanding inequalities between ethnic groups in education, employment and income, and policing. At the forefront was the 2000 Race Relations (Amendment) Act, which places a statutory duty on all public authorities to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between different racial groups. Aside from New Labour's legislative framework to produce racial equality, the prevention of social exclusion has been pivotal, with a focus on reducing multiple disadvantage for all groups.

Keywords:   ethnic inequalities, racism, minority ethnic groups, Race Relations Act, equality of opportunity, racial equality, social exclusion

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