A divided Britain

Issue 151 (Summer 2015)

Britain has a poor record on poverty. While overall wealth in Britain has doubled over the last three decades, child poverty today is much higher than it was a generation ago and much higher than in most other rich countries. Moreover, even though unemployment has been falling recently, most experts predict that, driven by an increasingly fragile jobs market, the continuing rise of insecure work and a much weaker safety net, poverty levels will continue to rise over the next few years. As a new government begins its term, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack present a picture of a divided Britain.

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