The last Labour government made 'considerable' progress on its chosen objectives of reducing child and pensioner poverty, but had little impact on overall inequality, according to a major study of its time in office (1997–2010).
The 'Social Policy in a Cold Climate' project, being carried out at the London School of Economics, aims to chart developments on a wide range of social issues since 2007 – eventually allowing a detailed comparison between the Labour and coalition governments. A new report from the project summarises five separate studies of the Labour period, including one focusing on poverty and inequality.
Source: Ruth Lupton (with John Hills, Kitty Stewart and Polly Vizard), Labour's Social Policy Record: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997–2010, Social Policy in Cold Climate Research Report 1, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (London School of Economics)
Links: Report | Supplementary paper | Nuffield Foundation press release | Guardian report
Note: Details of individual papers:
Polly Vizard and Polina Obolenskaya, Labour's Record on Health (1997–2010), Working Paper 2
Ruth Lupton and Polina Obolenskaya, Labour's Record on Education: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997–2010, Working Paper 3
Kitty Stewart, Labour's Record on the Under Fives: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997–2010, Working Paper 4
John Hills, Labour's Record on Cash Transfers, Poverty, Inequality and the Lifecycle 1997–2010, Working Paper 5
Ruth Lupton, Alex Fenton and Amanda Fitzgerald, Labour's Record on Neighbourhood Renewal in England: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 1997–2010, Working Paper 6