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The poverty and inequality debate in the UK

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On 24 November 2006, the Leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, David Cameron, gave the Scarman lecture, ‘From state welfare to social enterprise’. This was an important speech, as it appeared to mark a highly significant shift in policy. Cameron said that it was no longer suffi cient to think about absolute poverty, but that relative poverty should be the main frame of reference.

Martin Prowse