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Towards a more equal society?Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997$
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John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001

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Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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(p.245) TWELVE Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
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Towards a more equal society?
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Burchardt Tania

Holder Holly

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0013

This chapter explores the consequences of devolution for inequality. It discusses whether and why devolution might have been expected to have had an impact on inequality within and between the four UK nations, and then looks at the evidence, focusing on income and educational inequalities. The first section briefly reviews the degree of devolution that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have each enjoyed since 1997. The second section describes the policies pursued in practice in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland since devolution and explores the extent to which they represent a divergence from the past and/or a divergence from policy as it has evolved in England and the UK. The third section reports changes over the period 1998–99 to the present. The final section offers an assessment of whether devolution has so far produced more effective strategies for reducing inequality and poverty than would have occurred in its absence.

Keywords:   devolved administrations, Northern Ireland, income inequality, UK nations, educational inequality, devolution

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