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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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Changing lives and a changing economy

Changing lives and a changing economy

(p.35) Three Changing lives and a changing economy
A generation of change, a lifetime of difference?

Martin Evans

Lewis Williams

Policy Press

This chapter addresses some of the main economic and demographic and other changes that have occurred in Britain over the last 30 years and focuses on the changes that are most likely to affect directly lifetime outcomes of taxes and benefits – ageing, relationships, work and earnings and related matters. It specifically outlines the main themes of change over time in terms of population, household formation and the economy since the 1970s. The British population grew by 7.6% from 55 millon to 59 million between 1979 and 2006. The longevity of the British population has shown significant impacts on social provision and the funding of pensions. Marriage and divorce rates both reflect and drive other changes. The growing economy has produced prolonged employment growth across cyclical fluctuations. Real earnings growth has been experienced by most but this is accompanied by increasing earnings inequality.

Keywords:   British economy, taxes, ageing, earnings, British population, marriage, divorce, longevity, employment

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