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The Conservative Governments’ record on social policy from May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020: policies, spending and outcomes. An assessment of social policies and social inequalities on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic

Bramley, Glen, Burchardt, Tania ORCID: 0000-0003-4822-4954, Cooper, Kerris, Fitzpatrick, Suzanne, Hills, John, Hughes, Jarrod, Lacey, Nicola, Lupton, Ruth, Macmillan, Lindsey, McKnight, Abigail, Obolenskaya, Polina ORCID: 0000-0002-2571-2931, Reader, Mary ORCID: 0000-0002-2154-1813, Stephens, Mark, Stewart, Kitty ORCID: 0000-0001-7744-8741, Treebhoohun, Kritty, Vizard, Polly ORCID: 0000-0003-0740-377X and Wainwright, Iona (2023) The Conservative Governments’ record on social policy from May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020: policies, spending and outcomes. An assessment of social policies and social inequalities on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes Overview Paper, Vizard, Polly ORCID: 0000-0003-0740-377X and Hills, John (eds.) (SPDOOP01). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.

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Abstract

This overview report provides an assessment of social policy developments under the three Conservative Governments that were in power between May 2015 and the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. The report provides a comprehensive examination of developments in ten major areas of social policy (social security; employment; early childhood; compulsory school age education; higher education; health; social care; physical safety and security; homelessness / complex needs; and social mobility) over this period. In assessing social policies and social inequalities on the eve of the pandemic, we identify five key cross-cutting major weaknesses and structural limitations of the welfare state and public services. In assessing outcomes across different social policy areas, we find there is overwhelming evidence that a break in social progress across multiple critical areas of life had already occurred prior to the public health emergency and the economic and social shocks that it triggered. Across the social policy areas that we examine, many key indicators of social progress had already slowed down, stalled or gone into reverse prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, looking forward, and as an input into broader discussions and debates about what is needed as the country transitions into the recovery phase from COVID-19, we set out five key cross-cutting social policy challenges for the 2020s.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: https://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/CASE/_new/publications/S...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Social Policy
Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2023 15:03
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2023 04:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120486

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