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Karen Lucas

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345707

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345707.001.0001

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Towards a ‘social welfare’ approach to transport

Towards a ‘social welfare’ approach to transport

(p.290) (p.291) Fifteen Towards a ‘social welfare’ approach to transport
Running on empty

Karen Lucas

Policy Press

This chapter draws comparative lessons between the UK and the US, identifying how the social- and transport-policy agenda on both sides of the Atlantic can better embrace the issue of social equity in the future. The statistical evidence shows that people living on the lowest incomes, in both the UK and the US, spend a far greater proportion of their income to travel less often and over shorter distances than the average population. This ‘travel poverty’ significantly reduces their life chances because of a reduced opportunity to access a decent education, gainful employment, healthcare services, and other amenities. Now, new policy and legislative frameworks are being developed in both countries in an attempt to address this previous oversight. US policy and practice is more advanced in this respect and the UK policy makers and practitioners have much to learn from the experiences of their US counterparts.

Keywords:   US, UK, social welfare, transport policies, travel poverty, social policy

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