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By Christina Pantazis, David Gordon

That includes a bankruptcy by way of Professor Peter Townsend and bringing jointly best specialists of their fields, this publication presents a scientific critique of the early 21st-century government's guidelines to take on inequalities. It exhibits an account of the extent of inequalities inherited via the Labour govt, and appears on the coverage recommendations with which it really is confronted. The textual content examines area-based regulations to take on inequalities in crime, well-being, schooling, housing and social exclusion, and is geared toward teachers, coverage makers, and scholars with an curiosity in inequality, poverty and social exclusion.

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Firstly, the New Labour government has responded to the increasing spatial concentrations of poverty and inequality by introducing a plethora of area-based policies to deal with the lack of opportunities in deprived areas. Many of the chapters focus on New Labour’s area-based policies and draw attention to the ecological fallacy and how it may be an unsound basis on which to build social policy (Chapters Two, Four, Five, Six and Seven). The second theme of the book is the use and interpretation of official statistics.

According to the recent Treasury document Tackling poverty and extending opportunity: “People living in the most deprived areas are more likely than average to have no qualifications. This makes them much less likely to be able to take advantage of work opportunities” (HM Treasury, 1999, p 15). A concentration of people with few educational skills and qualifications, who are therefore less employable, threatens to undermine the government’s strategy towards a more inclusive society. There are also characteristics of deprived areas themselves that mean people who live there have fewer opportunities than those in better-off areas: “Physical isolation can mean that there are few work or training opportunities locally, and transport links may be poor.

Brown, G. (1997) ‘Why Labour is still loyal to the poor’, The Guardian, 2 August, p 19. Brown, G. (1999) ‘Check against poverty: Chancellor of Exchequer’s Budget Statement’, 9 March. Buckingham, L. and Finch, J. (1999) ‘Top pay rises by 26 per cent’, The Guardian, 19 July. Cook, D. (1997) Poverty, crime and punishment, London: CPAG Limited. CSO (Central Statistical Office) (1995) Social Trends 25, London: HMSO. Dorling, D. and Simpson, S. (eds) (1998a) Statistics in society:The arithmetic of politics, London: Arnold.

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