Part Two: Cross-cutting issues

When New Labour came to power in 1997, its leaders asked for it to be judged after ten years on its success in making Britain ‘a more equal society’. This book asks whether Britain did indeed move in that direction by the time New Labour had achieved a third term in office. The earlier volume A more equal society? was described by Polly Toynbee as ‘the LSE’s mighty judgement on inequality’. This second volume by the same team of authors provides an independent assessment of the success or otherwise of New Labour’s policies over a longer period. It provides: a consideration by a range of expert authors of a broad set of indicators and policy areas affecting poverty, inequality, and social exclusion; analysis of developments up to the third term on areas including income inequality, education, employment, health inequalities, neighbourhoods, minority ethnic groups, children, and older people; an assessment of outcomes a decade on, asking whether policies stood up to the challenges, and whether successful strategies have been sustained or have run out of steam; and chapters on migration, social attitudes, the devolved administrations, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and future pressures.

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