Laying new foundations? Social security reform in 2006

Stephen McKay

in Social Policy Review 19

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349415
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303466 | DOI:
Laying new foundations? Social security reform in 2006

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In 2006 significant policy reforms were developed in the areas of child support, pensions, and more generally for recipients of out-of-work benefits. In each case the government set out agendas for reform that would have major long-term consequences, although with little happening immediately. To what extent, therefore, has New Labour been laying down new foundations for social security in the future? How far do the reforms imply a break with the past, and in what ways do they represent a continuation of key New Labour themes? This chapter focuses on the three main areas of reform, after setting out the relevant context. A later section more briefly discusses other policy developments taking place in 2006.

Keywords: social policy reforms; child support; pensions; benefits; New Labour; social security

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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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