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The Legacy of ThatcherismAssessing and Exploring Thatcherite Social and Economic Policies$
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Stephen Farrall and Colin Hay

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265703

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265703.001.0001

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What were the lasting effects of Thatcher’s legacy for social security? The burial of Beveridge?

What were the lasting effects of Thatcher’s legacy for social security? The burial of Beveridge?

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(p.77) 3 What were the lasting effects of Thatcher’s legacy for social security? The burial of Beveridge?
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The Legacy of Thatcherism
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Michael Hill

Alan Walker

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265703.003.0004

This chapter examines the sustained attack on the social benefits, increasing in intensity across the period of Thatcher’s premiership. These undermined social insurance and (in interaction with other policies) contributed to the increase of poverty. They were supported by a sustained cluster of arguments—that poverty is not a problem, that people must do more to help themselves, and that in the long run a successful economy will bring income gains for all—which have created an ideological legacy (sustained by her successors, and not only her Conservative ones), which has muted the role concerns about poverty and inequality play on the political agenda.

Keywords:   social security, social assistance, means testing, poverty

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