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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes (SPDO) event - The Conservatives' record on Social Security: Policies, Spending and Outcomes

John Hills and Kerris Cooper


Wednesday 11 March 2020 16:30 - 18:00

This event will be held ONLINE. Please register here


John Hills and Kerris Cooper present findings from a forthcoming paper on Social Security: Policies, Spending and Outcomes since 2015. They evaluate government policy aims for social security, as outlined in the three manifestos since the Conservatives took office in 2015, before reviewing the tax and benefit changes that have taken place in relation to working age social security benefits, disability benefits and pensions, including those set in train before 2015. They analyse government spending over the last decade, contrasting the experiences of working age recipients with and without children and pensioners and considering the effect on minimum income levels for different types of households. They look at related outcomes, focussing on wider trends in poverty as well as evidence on wider outcomes, including those related to the introduction of Universal Credit. This work is part of the Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes (SPDO) research programme funded by Nuffield Foundation. The programme seeks to evaluate to what extent progress has been made in addressing social inequalities through social policies, focusing on ten major social policy areas.

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