Out today - what will it take to improve children's life chances?
CPAG's new book, out today, focusing on the government social policy frame of 'life chances'. What do lifechances mean? How can they be tackled? And where does poverty and income fit into all of this?
Our CEO Alison Garnham is in Guardian Society today, decribing the projected 50% rise in child poverty facing Theresa May's government and the impact that will have on children's life chances. She says:
"The experts concur that any strategy to improve children’s chances will have a gaping hole at its centre if it doesn’t include action to reduce child poverty. This includes a commitment to uprating children’s benefits at least in line with inflation, the extension of free childcare to younger ages, opportunities for low-paid workers to progress their careers, quotas for the building of genuinely affordable rented homes and regulation of energy costs for low-income consumers. If the prime minister is serious about giving all children a fair chance, the evidence shows this would be a good place to start."
The book includes contributes from Alan Milburn, Ruth Lister, Kitty Stewart and Michael Marmot, among many others. These experts from research, policy and practice discuss the implications of the shift to 'life chances' as a frame for social policy, set out measures to improve children's life chances from perspectives including health, housing, families, early years, education and social mobility, and explain why we can't aspire to improving life chances unless we take action to reduce poverty.