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.