The role of civil society in reducing poverty and inequality: A case study of the living wage campaign in the UK

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    Abstract

    The introduction of the national minimum wage at the end of the 1990s in the UK represented an important intervention by the then New Labour government but it has remained too low to effectively address increasing levels of in-work poverty and inequality. This article traces the development of the living wage campaign, initiated and led by Citizens UK and its main affiliate London Citizens from 2001 onwards and what it has to say about the role and potential of civil society in addressing issues of poverty and inequality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)489-501
    JournalLocal Economy
    Volume31
    Issue number4
    Early online date3 May 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 May 2016

    Keywords

    • civil society
    • community organising
    • inequality
    • living wage
    • London citizens
    • poverty

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