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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

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

Paul Milbourne

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349323.003.0011

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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