This report uses a revolutionary new research tool, LOIS (the Lifetime Opportunity and Incentives Simulation programme), to assess the impact of current government social policy on our lives from cradle to grave.
The strengths and weaknesses of the British benefit, pension and taxation systems are analysed in terms of how well they meet, or are likely to meet, the needs of individuals throughout their lifetimes. Specific government promises, such as those to end child and pensioner poverty and to reward those who work, are also reassessed in this context.
The opportunities of a lifetime is compulsory reading for social policy academics, researchers, analysts, students and policy makers who will find the innovative lifetime analysis invaluable. With brief and clear descriptions of the technical aspects of taxation, pensions and benefits, the report is also accessible to a wider readership.
Martin Evans is Senior Research Fellow and Jill Eyre, Research Officer, both at the Centre for Analysis of Social Policy at the University of Bath. More details about LOIS, the custom-built simulation model developed by the authors, can be found at www.lois-web.org
Social policy, life chances and the lifetime; Model lifetimes and an average life; Low-paid lifetimes; Family lifetimes; Lifetime risks; Conclusions.