Britain Divided: the growth of social exclusion in the 1990s

Publication date: 1997 Format: Paperback, 320 pages Published by: Child Poverty Action Group
ISBN: 0 946744 91 2

Produced in the run-up to the last General Election, Britain Divided chronicles the processes of social exclusion, looking at tax and social security changes and the growth of poverty and inequality. Different dimensions of exclusion are examined, including how it is compounded by gender and race, and how poor people have fared worst in education, housing, health and unemployment. Regional inequalities, privatisation, food policy and other issues are assessed. A bleak picture is presented, but Britain Divided also offers a way forward for improving social securit, arguing that we can afford a decent welfare state.

Contributors include John Hills, Tim Lang, Ruth Lister, Carey Oppenheim, David Piachaud, Jane Millar, Elaine Kempson and Peter Townsend.

The first study of poverty in all its forms during 18 years of Conservative rule…one of the most comprehensive examinations of the growth of poverty and social inequality since 1979’ The Guardian

The study charts how economic inequality has grown across a wide range of of fields ranging from access to quality education and healthcare to the provision of adequate housing’ Financial Times

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