Social policy in the noughties

In areas such as welfare reform, criminal justice and the voluntary sector, this government has got it badly wrong time and again

As the millennium dawned, record economic growth and stability gave Labour an unparalleled platform for social reform. Its intentions were commendable. Who could oppose “cutting the bills of social failure”; the unequivocal pledge on education; a commitment to be tough on crime and its causes; and early intervention to ensure every child mattered? Yet, many of us look at the widening gap between these promises and the reality of Britain today with disillusionment. Let’s look at four key measures.

Read on at The Centre for Social Justice.

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