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  • The ‘un-politics’ of child poverty

    Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)
    article

    In recent years there has been a great deal of political activity directed towards the goal of ‘eradicating’ child poverty in the UK. The Child Poverty Act enshrines this goal in law, two child poverty strategies have been published and, at times, a great deal of progress has been made. However, it now seems very likely that if current trends continue, the 2020 targets will be missed.

  • Consultation response on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17

    May 2014
    briefing

    This response sets out CPAG's detailed analysis of the Government's draft child poverty strategy proposals, with our recommendations for improvement.

  • How can we reduce child poverty without improving its prevention?

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
    article

    The need to prevent child poverty is often acknowledged, but it is astonishing how quickly we slip away into being ‘realistic’ about what can be done now. The hardships of those already trapped in poverty, of course, call for immediate action. But, argues Adrian Sinfield, however effective the ways of lifting children and families out of poverty, unless we improve the strategies needed to prevent it from occurring, we will never make a major impact.

  • Interview: Alan Milburn

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
    article

    The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires the government to produce a strategy every three years, setting out the action it plans to take to end child poverty in the UK. Alongside this, the Act established an independent Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission, tasked with the watchdog role of assessing government progress against the commitments set out in the plan. In the year in which the government must publish its vision for reducing child poverty over the next three years, Alan Milburn, Chair of the Commission, talks to CPAG’s Lindsay Judge and Moussa Haddad about his views on child poverty and social mobility, about child poverty measurement, and his hopes and fears for the next strategy.

  • Poverty minus a pound: how the poverty consensus unravelled

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
    article

    In 2010, a political consensus seemed to have emerged – that poverty was relative, too high, and needed to be tackled with preventative measures as well as by raising people’s incomes. All three of the main political parties had now backed the pledge made by Tony Blair in 1999 to eradicate child poverty within 20 years and the Child Poverty Act was passed with all-party support. Three years on, and this consensus has unravelled. Stewart Lansley looks at what happened.

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  • Measuring child poverty: can we do better?

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
    article

    In June 2012 when the government published the Households Below Average Income dataset for 2010/11, it announced at the same time that it would revisit the question of how we measure child poverty in the UK. In November 2012, a public consultation on the topic was launched when the Department for Work and Pensions issued the document Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty. Jonathan Bradshaw looks at the key aspects of the various dimensions that the government has selected for inclusion, assesses their appropriateness for inclusion in any metric of child poverty and presents the shortcomings of the proposed new measure.

  • Ending Child Poverty by 2020: Progress made and lessons learned

    December 2012
    briefing

    ECP by 2020 cover

    In this landmark report, CPAG has brought together leading academics and campaigners to reflect on the progress made towards ending child poverty in the UK, as well as to consider the risks for the future.

  • A quick guide to...the new child poverty figures expected on Tuesday

    Next week sees the publication of probably the last set of official child poverty figures - for 2012-13 - before the 2015 general election.

    Here’s a quick guide to what we should expect and what it all means.

    WHAT, WHERE & WHEN?

  • A quick guide to...the new child poverty figures expected on Tuesday

    27 June 2014
    news

    Next week sees the publication of probably the last set of official child poverty figures - for 2012-13 - before the 2015 general election.  Here’s our quick guide to what we should expect and what it all means.

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  • British children need Coalition to prove commitment to reducing child poverty

    June 14, 2012
    press release

    Today’s new child poverty figures confirm that while the ambitious target for 2010 was not reached, it drove forward major progress reducing child poverty across all measures:

    • Absolute poverty reduced by more than half (from 3.4 million children to 1.4 million children since 1999)
    • Relative poverty reduced by 1.1 million children (from 3.4 million to 2.3 million since 1999)
    • Material deprivation reduced by 300,000 children (from 2.2 million to 1.9 million since 2005).
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