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Harriet Churchill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.001.0001

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Welfare to work measures and financial support for families

Welfare to work measures and financial support for families

(p.90) (p.91) Five Welfare to work measures and financial support for families
Parental rights and responsibilities

Harriet Churchill

Policy Press

This chapter examines key aspects of welfare reform. Macro-economic and social security policies are highly centralised in the UK, with the devolved Scottish, Northern Ireland, and Welsh administrations constrained in respect of independent policy directions. This chapter demonstrates that Labour's reforms contributed to significant increases in employment rates among some groups and a reduction in child poverty. However, in relation to the scale of the problems of poverty, labour market exclusion, employment disadvantage, and social inequalities, Labour's approach was limited. Crucially, limited welfare and equal rights in the UK continue to place families, adults, and children at risk of poverty and employment disadvantage.

Keywords:   welfare reform, macro-economic policies, social security, independent policy directions, Labour, employment rate, child poverty, social inequalities

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