The political differences between Labour and Conservatives also include the approach to children’s services.
Nowadays, England has a system that was shaped under the 13 years of New Labour, but the current Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition has started making some changes.
What are the main differences between Labour and Tories?
According to their general election manifestos, and also to the policies they apply when they are in office, we can spot some –let’s call them philosophical- differences:
These are very general ideas about the two different approaches but the best way to see how they differ is having a look to their proposals.
How are the policies different?
Since 1997, children services were a priority for Labour governments, especially from the second term. The goal of reducing child poverty was included in all their manifestos and inspired many of their actions.
As a way of summarise their 13 years of government we can highlight the following initiatives:
In the last three years of Tory and Liberal Democrat government there was not a big reform or restructuring of the system created by New Labour, but it was affected by the cuts agenda.
The main proactive measures applied by the Coalition could be summarised in the following:
In the following days we will publish interviews with local Labour and Tory councillors, so stay tuned if you want to keep seeing the main differences between parties.