Social security and welfare reform under New Labour

A. Kemp Peter

in Social Policy Review 17

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346704
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303442 | DOI:
Social security and welfare reform under New Labour

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This chapter outlines the recent developments in social security policy. The analysis starts with a review of key themes in welfare reform since 1997. It is argued that New Labour has considerably reformed the social security system, which was driven by the need to adapt to societal changes and economic policy concerns. It also examines the recent developments, which include the ones related to welfare to work, Incapacity Benefit, policies for lone parents, and pension reform. The chapter furthermore considers the emerging trends that can be translated into primary long-term reforms if Labour returns to office in 2005.

Keywords: recent developments; social security policy; welfare reform; New Labour; social security system; societal changes; economic policy concerns; Incapacity Benefit; long-term reforms

Chapter.  7352 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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