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A generation of change, a lifetime of difference?Social policy in Britain since 1979$
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Martin Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423054

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423054.001.0001

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Taxes, benefits and national profiles of inequality and poverty

Taxes, benefits and national profiles of inequality and poverty

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(p.196) (p.197) Ten Taxes, benefits and national profiles of inequality and poverty
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A generation of change, a lifetime of difference?
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Martin Evans

Lewis Williams

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423054.003.0010

This chapter explores the changing overall incidence of taxes and benefits and their outcomes on income distribution and poverty. It also addresses the aggregate empirical profiles of policy outcomes over time for the whole of Britain and then illustrates how these will inform the later model lifetime analysis. The three main areas considered are incidence of taxes and benefits, outcomes that arise from the different policy systems, and income inequality. Median income has risen significantly over the whole period but rose fastest from 1997 to 2006. Furthermore, relative poverty rates have grown over the period.

Keywords:   taxes, benefits, income inequality, poverty, Britain, policy systems

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