Poverty articles

This page contains a selection of articles and editorials from our Poverty journal. Published three times a year, it is sent to all CPAG members as part of the membership package.

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

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    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.

  • The real reason for the misery of work assessments

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    Many sick and disabled people, including those with Huntington’s Disease, uncontrolled epilepsy, kidney failure or brittle bone disease, are refused employment and support allowance. Why are so many being failed, and who is responsible? Kaliya Franklin investigates.

  • Interview: Alan Milburn

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    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.

  • Editorial: child poverty strategy must tackle current headwinds

    Issue 147 (Winter 2014)

    As Poverty goes to press, we have not yet had sight of the government’s next three-year child poverty strategy that it is obliged to produce under the terms of the Child Poverty Act 2010. As the strategy must be laid before parliament by early April, the window for consultation is slowly closing, and opportunities for interested parties to influence the plan become more limited every day. But the delay is perhaps unsurprising – for how can a government that is presiding over a set of policies projected to impoverish an additional 450,000 children over the course of this parliament not find the exercise anything but a challenge?

  • Tackling public attitudes

    Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)

    Making the case for a decent welfare state has become difficult. Much of the media takes every opportunity to cry ‘scrounger’. Each case of fraud gets extensive coverage. It has become a hot party political issue, with Conservative strategist Lynton Crosby identifying it as one of the four issues that will win his side the next election. Successive Labour frontbenchers have struggled to create their own narrative and policy. Here, Nigel Stanley describes recent work by the TUC and suggests how current attitudes might be changed.

  • Reframing poverty

    Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)

    The Webb Memorial Trust is hoping to reframe the debate about poverty. Here, Barry Knight explains why and discusses some early results.

  • Public attitudes to child poverty

    Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)

    During the recent economic downturn, we have seen public attitudes towards benefit recipients harden. But are attitudes towards child poverty behaving in a similar manner or is the public becoming more sympathetic? And given a widespread programme of government cuts and media coverage of the fact that the government will inevitably miss its target to eradicate child poverty by 2020, how are perceptions of the prevalence of child poverty affected? Liz Clery looks to the British Social Attitudes survey for answers.

  • Editorial: we must win the battle of attitudes

    Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)

    What do the benefit cap, tougher conditionality for claimants and means testing child benefit all have in common? They all hit families with children hard. And they will all drive up child poverty in the next five years and beyond. Yet despite this, they are all highly popular policies, for which the government regularly receives strong approval ratings.

    What should we do as poverty campaigners when the policies that affect our constituencies so negatively have such widespread support? With social security already identified as one of the key battle lines for the next general election, this issue of Poverty explores the complex question of public attitudes to child poverty, to benefits and, more broadly, to policies that we know have an enduring effect on child wellbeing.

  • Poverty minus a pound: how the poverty consensus unravelled

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)

    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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  • Child wellbeing in the UK

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)

    At a time when many political voices suggest we should be more phlegmatic about child poverty, Dragan Nastic highlights the recent findings of a UNICEF study on child wellbeing in economically advanced nations over the first decade of the 2000s. International comparisons show that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but is susceptible to policy – and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children.

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