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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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Poverty, inequality and child well-being in international context: still bottom of the pack?

Poverty, inequality and child well-being in international context: still bottom of the pack?

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(p.267) THIRTEEN Poverty, inequality and child well-being in international context: still bottom of the pack?
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Towards a more equal society?
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Kitty Stewart

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0014

This chapter takes a wider cross-national perspective, asking whether a decade of Labour government has improved the UK's international standing on indicators of poverty, inequality, and child well being. Despite various efforts, in 2007, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) published a report that placed the UK bottom of a child well being league. The first half of the chapter is dedicated to the material well-being domain. The second half examines relative progress in education, risks and behaviours, peer relationships, and subjective well being. At times, discussion is restricted to European Union (EU) member states because of the data available, but, where possible, information for other OECD countries is included.

Keywords:   Labour government, child well being, UK's international standing, poverty, inequality, UNICEF, peer relationships, EU

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