This chapter considers welfare and labour market policies in the UK, with a particular focus on developments since 2010, when the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government was formed. The purpose of the chapter is to help students understand the main characteristics of welfare and employment policies in the UK. It raises the following key questions. Firstly, have employment and welfare policies become more generous over time, or, on the contrary, more targeted to specific categories, with an accompanying political discourse that ends up stigmatising poverty and unemployment as symptoms of idleness? Secondly, have governments increasingly used benefit sanctions as a way of ‘regulating the poor’ (Piven and Cloward, 1993)?
|Title of host publication||Social Policy|
|Editors||Hugh Bochel, Guy Daly|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jul 2020|
Bibliographical noteThis is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Social Policy on 13/7/2020, available online: https://www.routledge.com/Social-Policy-4th-Edition/Bochel-Daly/p/book/9780367200084.
- Social Policy
- Welfare Reform
- Labour markets