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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  • Poverty and children’s wellbeing at 14 years old

    Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)

    It is well established that children who live in low-income families have poorer than average cognitive and emotional development, educational attainment and physical health. Less is known about the possible cumulative impacts of persistent poverty during childhood on later outcomes, particularly in adolescence, and the links between other forms of poverty and child wellbeing. Gwyther Rees addresses these gaps.

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  • Editorial: Poverty 162

    Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)

    Keeping child poverty on the agenda

    We start the year with all the headlines and most of the political oxygen being taken up by Brexit, which everyone is agreed is likely to drive up the cost of essentials, piling more misery on top of years of austerity for people managing on a low income. What is also clear is that the preoccupation with Brexit has squeezed many other issues not only out of the news, but off the political agenda, with promised plans and legislation across a variety of departments kicked into the long grass.

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  • UK child poverty gaps are still increasing

    Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)

    The UK child poverty rate has been rising for several years. But it is also important to understand how far families and children are falling below the poverty line. Deeper poverty generally means greater hardship and more profound consequences for children. Jonathan Bradshaw and Antonia Keung analyse the official data using eight different measures, to show that not only is the child poverty rate rising, but the depth of child poverty is too.

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  • Mitigation of welfare reform in Northern Ireland: on a cliff edge

    Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)

    The planned implementation of welfare reform brought the Northern Ireland Assembly to the brink of collapse in 2015 due to political concerns about the impact of the major changes on vulnerable people. Following negotiations between the parties and with the government, the ‘fresh start agreement’ was passed. This led to the introduction of a £585 million welfare reform mitigations package designed to lessen the impact of some of the harshest aspects of the new system. The package is due to expire in 2020 and concerns are mounting about a subsequent ‘cliff edge’.

  • Welfare reform summit

    Issue 161 (Winter 2018)

    In April this year Staffordshire University hosted a welfare reform summit, funded by the Social Policy Association and delivered in partnership with CPAG and the Centre for Health and Development. The aim of the summit  was to explore the impact of welfare reform on claimants and the organisations that support them. Over 80 delegates attended from a wide range of backgrounds, including welfare rights and housing professionals, and social policy academics and students. A series of workshops gave delegates the opportunity to share their experience. Richard Machin, Dan Norris and Professor Martin Jones discuss the issues raised.

  • Rough justice: problems with universal credit assessment periods

    Issue 161 (Winter 2018)

    One in twenty universal credit cases submitted to CPAG’s Early Warning System to date relates to a problem with the way in which people’s income and circumstances are assessed on a strict monthly basis. Josephine Tucker discusses some of the problems which can arise, and provides possible solutions.

  • Getting poverty statistics right

    Issue 161 (Winter 2018)

    Poverty statistics are important. They help us know where progress is being made – or lost – and hold politicians to account. So it is worth asking whether the poverty statistics themselves are right. A new Resolution Foundation report suggests that existing poverty statistics need large corrections, with significant implications for what we think about UK poverty and how it has changed over the last two decades.

  • Editorial: Poverty 161

    Issue 161 (Winter 2018)

    What would it take to reverse child poverty increases in the next Budget?

    On 29 October, the government has the chance to announce measures which would halt or reverse recent increases in child poverty, following the Prime Minister’s recent statement that austerity is coming to an end. What would such a Budget look like?

  • Fair Shares and Families study

    Issue 160 (summer 2018)

    Here, Gill Main describes a new study, looking at how resources are shared in families and how children economise in order to save money, meet their own needs and minimise the stress on their parents.

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  • The impact of welfare reform on housing security

    July 2018

    Welfare reforms underway since 2010 will reduce social security spending by £27 billion a year by 2021, and reach into most aspects of financial support for working-age adults and children. These deep cuts hit the poorest places hardest, and disproportionately affect lone parents and disabled people. Several key reforms particularly affect the affordability of social rents, despite the fact that the provision of social housing has been described as the most redistributive and poverty-reducing aspect of the welfare state.