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April 27, 2018 / C H Thompson

State welfare since 1979

  • Conservative welfare policies based on ‘self-help’ led to serious cuts in welfare spending
  • Benefits were means-tested, grants to the poor were replaced with loans
  • Dental, prescription and eye-test charges were either introduced or increased
  • Student grants were replaced with loans
  • The CSA (Child Support Agency) was introduced
  • By 1997 UK had the highest levels of poverty in the EU and the greatest gap between the rich and the poor


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