An unexpected cut: revisiting the Diamond Commission and assessing inequality in post-war Britain

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Kelsey, Tom
Resolution Foundation
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10 August 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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In 1974, the Labour government established a Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth, which was known as the Diamond Commission. This paper looks at what this Commission found and compares that to the shape of inequality in Britain today. It then examines the impact of the Commission’s findings on policy and the public debate and finally uses the story of the Diamond Commission to reflect on what can be learnt by those trying to secure a more equal Britain today.

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