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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