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New Labour's countrysideRural policy in Britain since 1997$
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Mike Woods

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349323.001.0001

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New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England

New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England

(p.189) Eleven New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England
New Labour's countryside

Paul Milbourne

Policy Press

This chapter examines the Labour government's approach to poverty and welfare issues in rural areas in England. It highlights the adoption and implementation of ‘third-way’ policies and discusses Labour's ubiquitous partnership approach to service provision, including rural policing. The chapter suggests that while New Labour's anti-poverty strategies have reduced levels of poverty and social exclusion, their specific impact in rural areas is difficult to establish due to a lack of rural differentiation and an absence of appropriate indicators.

Keywords:   poverty, welfare, rural areas, England, Labour government, third-way policies, partnership approach, service provision, rural policing, social exclusion

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