New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England

Paul Milbourne

in New Labour's countryside

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349323
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302858 | DOI:
New Labour, poverty and welfare in rural England

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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

Chapter.  7076 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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