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April 27, 2018 / C H Thompson

New Labour 1997 – 2010

  • New Labour spoke of welfare rights and responsibilities
  • Such a term was a movement back towards a more social democratic approach to welfare by emphasising the reasons why people were forced into the margins of society (relative poverty) – low-pay, poorly educated, old-age, infirm, unemployed
  • BUT retaining some elements of New Right principles (responsibilities = self-help)
  • Thus welfare still retained the New Right principle of a ‘hand-up not a hand-out’ by:
  • Introduction of National Minimum Wage
  • Introduction of Working Family Tax Credits



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