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New Labour and the restructuring of welfare – what’s in it for women?

Gill Scott (Senior Lecturer, Scottish Poverty Information Unit, School of Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA)
Usha Brown (Research Fellow, Scottish Poverty Information Unit, School of Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 August 2000

Abstract

Considers the rise of welfare issues to the top of the political agenda and the place of feminist criticsm on this subject. Re‐evaluates the needs of women in light of their changing role in society. Looks at their need to be an income earner for the family and the demand for their skills in the workplace, followed by the changes in their domestic roles and looser financial dependency, together with a commitment to reform the welfare state based on the principle of welfare to work for all. Concludes that the impact has been negative on many women with responsibilities increasing faster than resources and rights, but also recognizes that choice has widened and independence has grown.

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Scott, G. and Brown, U. (2000), "New Labour and the restructuring of welfare – what’s in it for women?", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 20 No. 7, pp. 51-65. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330010788990

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