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Welfare to work measures and financial support for families

Harriet Churchill

in Parental rights and responsibilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847420916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.003.0005
Welfare to work measures and financial support for families

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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

Chapter.  9198 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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