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Martin Powell, Linda Bauld, and Karen Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346704

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.001.0001

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Social security and welfare reform under New Labour

Social security and welfare reform under New Labour

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(p.14) (p.15) One Social security and welfare reform under New Labour
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Social Policy Review 17
Author(s):

A. Kemp Peter

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.003.0002

This chapter outlines the recent developments in social security policy. The analysis starts with a review of key themes in welfare reform since 1997. It is argued that New Labour has considerably reformed the social security system, which was driven by the need to adapt to societal changes and economic policy concerns. It also examines the recent developments, which include the ones related to welfare to work, Incapacity Benefit, policies for lone parents, and pension reform. The chapter furthermore considers the emerging trends that can be translated into primary long-term reforms if Labour returns to office in 2005.

Keywords:   recent developments, social security policy, welfare reform, New Labour, social security system, societal changes, economic policy concerns, Incapacity Benefit, long-term reforms

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