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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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‘A scar on the soul of Britain’: child poverty and disadvantage under New Labour

‘A scar on the soul of Britain’: child poverty and disadvantage under New Labour

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Towards a more equal society?
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Stewart Kitty

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0004

This chapter looks at the government's efforts to improve living standards and opportunities for the poorest children. It assesses progress towards the child-poverty targets as well as the impact of early-years policies, intended to stop a class divide in child development from being established long before children reach school. Labour's agenda for tackling poverty and disadvantage among children was serious and wide ranging, but with the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that its policies did not match the scale of the challenge. The strategy began well and ambitiously, and by 2004 there were positive signs that it was succeeding in improving the daily reality and future prospects of poor children. However, it was noted in 2005 that this success should be considered just a start.

Keywords:   living standards, poorest children, child poverty, child development

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