Our policy journal

Published three times a year, Poverty journal carries articles and features to inform, stimulate and develop debate about the nature and causes of poverty. Each issue includes three in-depth features, reviews of latest poverty research, analysis of child poverty statistics, and views from practitioners and young people themselves.

This page contains a selection of articles and editorials from each issue. Access to the full content is part of CPAG’s membership package.

Please note the views expressed in articles are not necessarily those of CPAG. We welcome articles and other contributions from our readers – if you are interested, please contact the editor at jtucker@cpag.org.uk.

  • Transmitting deprivation? The media and public attitudes towards poverty

    Issue 133 (Summer 2009)

    Poverty in the UK does not appear to be a priority issue for the mainstream UK media, and the picture of poverty the media does provide is skewed towards certain issues and representations. Building support for the reforms necessary to reduce poverty significantly in the UK requires understanding the influence of the media in shaping public perceptions. Stephen Sinclair and John H McKendrick describe their recent research.

  • Child wellbeing and income inequality in rich countries

    Issue 133 (Summer 2009)

    The wellbeing and behaviour of young people have recently attracted more than the usual negative attention from the media, policy and law.

  • A decade of debt: lessons for the future

    Issue 132 (Winter 2009)

    Over the last few months we have seen the gathering clouds of what could provde to be a deep recession. Peter Tutton draws on the debt problems encountered by the CAB service over the last ten years to investigate how the recession might affect future debt problems - particularly for lower income households, and what lessons policy makers might take.

  • Social mobility in the UK: what does the evidence tell us?

    Issue 132 (Winter 2009)

    In November 2008 the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit asserted that recent research demonstrated that government policy was improving social mobility in the UK. But what does research actually tell us about the reality of social mobility now or, more correctly since the evidence is always retrospective, in the recent past? David Byrne examines the evidence.

  • Recession: a major threat to tackling poverty

    Issue 132 (Winter 2009)

    How will the current downturn in the labour market affect poverty? Adrian Sinfield looks back at previous recessions and asks what can be learnt in order to prevent a similar rise in poverty to that seen in the 1980s.

  • Celebrating sixty years of the welfare state?

    Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)

    In the recent celebrations of the sixtieth anniversary of the implementation of the majority of Beveridge’s welfare state reforms, the National Insurance Acts and the National Assistance Act, which together introduced a nationwide system of national insurance and a means-tested safety net, seem to have been forgotten. Fran Bennett looks at what happened.

  • Unjust rewards

    Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)

    After months of persuasion and with great difficulty, Polly Toynbee and David Walker managed to assemble focus groups of some of the country’s highest earners. Most of these City merchant bankers and lawyers were in the top 0.1 per cent, earning around £500,000, some up to £10 million, a year. Ipsos Mori had never before managed to assemble such high earners. Here, Polly Toynbee describes the key findings from these focus groups, now published in Unjust Rewards. What did they know and think about Britain’s growing inequality, and the widening gap between themselves and everyone else? Were they uneasy? Did they worry about their children being brought up so isolated from the rest?

  • Who is fuel poor?

    Issue 131 (Autumn 2008)

    By June 2008 the domestic fuel commodity price index had increased by 51 per cent from 2005, more than five times the rate of general inflation. The energy companies have warned that prices will rise again – by between a quarter and a third this winter. Harriet Harman told us that she had she spent her week as Acting Prime Minister working on a package of measures to increase the level of investment in energy-saving schemes in low-income housing and exploring other ways to tackle fuel poverty. Here, Jonathan Bradshaw asks who the Government should be targeting.

  • 60 years of the welfare state

    Issue 130 (Summer 2008)
    The welfare state at 60

    Paul Dornan considers the up and downs of social change since 1948, championing the need for a renewed sense of purpose in social policy research.

  • Poverty and the child's world: assessing children's needs

    Issue 129 (Winter 2008)

    Poverty in a child’s life is the result of specific social and economic circumstances, which are always interrelated and complex. However, frontline workers are often unaware of the causes and consequences of poverty. Owen Gill and Gordon Jack argue the case for exploring children’s living environments to articulate more holistic approaches to the fight against poverty.