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.

  • Welfare benefits, housing and social services

    Issue 138 (Spring 2011)

    Ignorance on the part of central and local government officials, exacerbated by the pressure of budget constraints, make migrants and their families particularly vulnerable to being unlawfully refused access to welfare benefits, housing and social services. This article is part of a special Poverty issue (no. 138) on migration, migrants and child poverty.

  • The health and healthcare of vulnerable migrant children

    Issue 138 (Spring 2011)

    Many different groups of migrant children may be at particular risk of poor health and limited access to healthcare. These include unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (who have applied for asylum in their own right) and children who are dependants of asylum-seeking adults,

  • The effect of fiscal tightening on family incomes and child poverty

    Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)

    A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that the Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget hit families with children hardest. Here, Mike Brewer, James Browne and Peter Levell summarise the analysis of who will bear the brunt of the Government’s deficit-busting plans.

  • The parent trap: promoting poor children’s mental health

    Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)

    The physical health of children today is arguably the best it has been since the Second World War, with their environments and nutrition substantially improved. However, while their physical health has improved through measures such as immunisation and better access to healthcare, mental health problems among children have increased.

  • Work: the best route out of poverty?

    Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)

    Ever since New Labour first set the welfare reform bandwagon in motion in 2006, the mantra of work has been used by all sides of the political spectrum as ‘proof’ that the benefits system is in need of large-scale reform.

  • Mind the gap: New Labour’s legacy on child poverty

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)

    "What have the Romans ever done for us?" asked the People’s Front of Judea in the Life of Brian’s fictional recording of ungrateful subjects ignoring their rulers’ largesse.

  • What should be done next?

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)

    Child poverty is not a discrete social problem that can be eradicated without tackling wider inequalities of income and wealth. As the recent National Equality Panel report demonstrates, earnings, income and wealth are all distributed highly unequally, thereby undermining the goal of ‘equality of opportunity’ for children espoused by the main political parties. Social class interacts with other social divisions such as gender, ethnicity and disability to shape the contours of poverty and inequality. Ruth Lister argues that a multi-pronged (gendered) strategy is required, which explicitly aims to create a more equal society within which all children can flourish.

  • The child poverty strategy: what worked?

    Issue 136 (Summer 2010)

    Over the past decade, the UK has embarked on an ambitious effort to end child poverty. Jane Waldfogel has tracked the progress of the initiative and reports on it in her new book, Britain’s War on Poverty . Here, she provides some highlights of her study and suggests some next steps.

  • A false economy: undervaluing childcare

    Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

    The provision of high-quality, affordable and accessible childcare lies at the heart of the Government’s child poverty strategy. And yet childcare as a profession is undervalued. This illustrates a system-wide problem, in which the most valuable occupations to society are among the lowest paid, while those which may be damaging to society, the environment and the economy, may be among the highest paid. Helen Kersley outlines research findings from two reports which take a radically different look at child poverty.

  • Child poverty: political consensus or electoral battleground?

    Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

    There is now a political consensus now exists that high levels of child poverty in the UK are unacceptable. However, while all three parties support the Child Poverty Bill and its commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020, differences of interpretation and approach are emerging about the causes of poverty and how best to reduce it.