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Towards a more equal society?: Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997

John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart


When New Labour came to power in 1997, its leaders asked for it to be judged after ten years on its success in making Britain ‘a more equal society’. This book asks whether Britain did indeed move in that direction by the time New Labour had achieved a third term in office. The earlier volume A more equal society? was described by Polly Toynbee as ‘the LSE's mighty judgement on inequality’. This second volume by the same team of authors provides an independent assessment of the success or otherwise of New Labour's policies over a longer period. It provides: a consideration by a range of expert ... More

Keywords: New Labour, poverty indicators, poverty policy, social exclusion, education inequality, health inequalities, minority ethnic groups, children, migration, EHRC

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hills, editor

Tom Sefton, editor

Kitty Stewart, editor

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one Introduction

Stewart Kitty, Sefton Tom, and Hills John

Part One: Dimensions of policy and outcomes

TWO Poverty, inequality and redistribution

Sefton Tom, Hills John, and Sutherland Holly

FOUREducation: New Labour's top priority

Lupton Ruth, Heath Natalie, and Salter Emma

EIGHTPensions and income security in later life

Evandrou Maria, and Falkingham Jane

TENMigration, migrants and inequality

Rutter Jill, and Latorre Maria

Part Two: Cross-cutting issues

Part Three: Where do we go from here?

End Matter