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Child poverty up in rich world since start of recession


Child poverty has increased in the rich world since the onset of the global recession in 2008, according to a new report from Unicef.

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It isn’t just child poverty that limits social mobility; inequality does too


The side of social mobility that no politician will talk about: making rich-but-dim children downwardly mobile.

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The government’s child poverty strategy falls short of the mark

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The government’s child poverty strategy is disappointingly short on new ideas.

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Families “squeezed by rising prices and stagnant wages”

A new report by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) casts further light on the extent to which families are struggling financially across the country.

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Today’s child poverty figures show we are leaving our children utterly exposed

Work pays, we are always told, but for many it is clearly not paying enough. The latest official child poverty figures released today show that in-work poverty is on the rise, with two-thirds of poor children now living in families with at least one working parent.

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A reply to Nick Pearce: Why Labour must stick to child poverty targets

First, for the last 30 years, poverty in the UK has hovered close to the one-in-five mark, mostly a little below, but sometimes a little above, but a rate almost double the level of the 1970s and much higher than the average amongst other rich nations.

This has been driven by a sustained widening in the gap between top and bottom along with the erosion of life chances.

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The coalition has already abandoned the Child Poverty Act

Yesterday on the pages of this blog, Stewart Lansley claimed that I had “hurled a hand grenade” into the poverty debate by urging Labour to rethink its approach to child poverty. Leaving aside the hyperbole of that statement, Lansley’s case seems to be that my intervention “chimes with the line being taken by the coalition” in its attempts to redefine child poverty and its causes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Poverty: The 2010 consensus in tatters

Dropping the child poverty target would mean accepting a level of poverty much higher than almost all countries of comparable wealth.

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Blackpool council leads the charge on free school breakfasts

TweetToday Blackpool has become the first council in England to provide free breakfasts for all its primary school children, whilst in London, 50 schools will be involved in a scheme in which free breakfasts are granted to pupils. In October, Left Foot Forward looked at the evidence of how an increasing number of children are […]

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Osborne’s silence on child poverty speaks volumes

There is a telling silence in the chancellor’s autumn statement documents today – and that is the lack of any reference to child poverty, writes Alison Garnham.

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