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Social Policy in a Cold Climate


Contact: Ruth Lupton

This programme is designed to examine the effects of the major economic and political changes in the UK since 2007, particularly their impact on the distribution of wealth, poverty, inequality and social mobility.The analysis includes policies and spending decisions from the last Labour government, including the beginning of the financial crisis, as well as those made by the Coalition government since May 2010.

We launched a set of reports covering the Labour governments social policy record in the period up to 2010 on 1st July 2013, and published further set of reports in January 2015 on the Coalition's record 2010-2015. You can find publications from this research programme and video presentations and slides from the launch event here . Click here for Ruth Lupton's blog on the Coalition papers.

 If you missed the March 2015 launch of Falling Behind, Getting Ahead: The Changing Structure of Inequality in the UK and The Changing Anatomy of Economic Inequality in London there is a video, slides and a podcast  available of this event.

A new data exploration tool to enable anyone to interrogate the underlying evidence is available at

The programme contains four main strands, click on any of them to find out more:

If you missed the launch event on The Coalition's Social Policy Record you can watch the overview summary presentation with Ruth Lupton and John Hills, and the break out sessions on Employment, Tax, and Benefits; Health, Social care and Housing; and Early years, Schools, and Further and Higher Education

You can find a full summary of the programme here (pdf). The programme concluded in 2015, with publication of a final volume of publications, which will analyse the Coalitions progress against identical criteria and the baseline indicators established in our earlier reports of the Labour governments performance. You can sign up here to receive our email bulletin with up-to-date news on the programme.

Social Policy in a Cold Climate is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation, with London-specific analysis funded by the Trust for London. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders. | |