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Our letter to the Guardian: Ending child poverty starts with counting it

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This letter was published in the Guardian on 7 December 2015.

Ten years ago, on his first day as party leader, David Cameron vowed that “the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country”.

Now you see it, now you don't. The government's magic trick on child poverty.

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This blog first appeared on the New Statesman on 7th December 2015. 

Now you see it…  Now you don’t.  The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear.

What do experts and professionals think of the ‘local welfare safety net’?

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Does local discretion on social security deliver ‘localism in action’ or a postcode lottery? That’s one of the questions being asked by the Commons Work and Pensions select committee in looking at the interaction between the national benefits system and locally-run schemes.

Small steps forward on sanctions

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In many ways, benefit sanctions offer the holy grail of public policy: the opportunity to find small changes that make a big difference, at little or no cost to the public purse.

When Prime Ministers attack...

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A few weeks away from marking a decade as his party’s leader, this week David Cameron had the benefit of not one, but two former Prime Ministers warning him over his poverty and inequality legacy.

It's about hope: Gordon Brown speaks to mark 50 years of CPAG

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Who loses what from tax credit cuts?

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Today the Lords vote on government policies to cut tax credits, the extra support people on low wages receive to ‘top up’ their incomes. With over two thirds of children growing up in poverty living in a working family, tax credits are a vital tool to help families make ends meet. Many independent experts have already pointed out the impact these cuts will have on families: £4.4 billion will be taken from low-paid families next year alone, an average of £1350 per family.

How should we measure poverty?


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This blog first appeared on Bright Blue

Protecting children from the benefit cap


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With conference ‘fun’ over, it’s back to business as usual and the relentless march of the benefit cap. With parliament returning this week, today work will continue on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. And, chief amongst our concerns with the measures proposed in the bill, include the impact on children of lowering the level of the benefit cap and how to prevent its most harmful effects.

The Resolution Foundation: 200,000 more children in poverty next year


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The Resolution Foundation made the news last week with their estimates of the impact on child poverty of the Summer Budget.

Poverty estimates