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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  • Staying put: the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on tenants in North Staffordshire

    Issue 152 (Autumn 2015)

    Much has been written and said about the introduction of size criteria in the social rented sector (the ‘bedroom tax’). Indeed, few other changes to the benefits system have provoked so much comment from politicians, journalists, charities, landlords, advice providers and church leaders. Here, Richard Machin, Anna Tsaroucha and Liz Boath describe new research from Staffordshire University examining the impact of the bedroom tax on a group of local housing association tenants.

  • Hard work: parental employment in London

    Issue 152 (Autumn 2015)

    London has the highest rates of child poverty in the country, with 37 per cent of children growing up in poverty. While the drivers of poverty are always complex, there has long been a recognition that London’s lower parental employment rates play a significant role in driving these high rates of child poverty. Megan Jarvie describes CPAG’s recent research into the issue.

  • The cost of a child

    Issue 152 (Autumn 2015)

    Since 2012, Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have been measuring the cost of a child and the adequacy of family incomes and benefit levels. This year, for the first time, the project also assessed the additional costs facing families in London. Josephine Tucker provides a rundown of this year’s findings.

  • Editorial: Poverty 152

    Issue 152 (Autumn 2015)

    This month’s edition of Poverty has a significant focus on costs. At a time when we are experiencing zero inflation, and macroeconomists are fretting about the spectre of deflation, this may seem incongruous. Yet the cost of a raising a child, particularly childcare and rent, continues to creep up, at the same time as the means for meeting these costs continue to be eroded. This reminds us that not all costs are created equal.

  • Editorial: Poverty 151

    Issue 151 (Summer 2015)

    As the election recedes into the distance, the new government is setting about implementing its agenda, with the Queen’s Speech delivered and first Budget of this parliament scheduled for early July. The agenda feels a familiar one. The Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill will see further freezing of benefit levels and a reduction in the level of the benefit cap. The Budget will include at least the first tranche of the promised £12 billion of social security cuts.

  • In-work poverty: the ‘hours question’

    Issue 151 (Summer 2015)

    There is an increasing number of children who are living in poverty, despite having at least one parent in work. Lindsay Judge, the author of CPAG’s latest report, Round the Clock, investigates one particular aspect of in-work poverty – the number of hours parents should be expected to work in order not to be poor.

  • Low income, high costs: making ends meet inside and outside London

    Issue 151 (Summer 2015)

    The idea of a poverty line suggests a level of income below which households suffer because they do not have enough to live on. The standard measure of 60 per cent of median income is accepted as an approximation of this level – not a precise measure of hardship, but an indicator that we can use to see if we are making progress in tackling low income, and whether it is much worse in some parts of the country than others. But one potential difficulty with such a measure is that different households have different costs. Here, Donald Hirsch asks: how problematic is this for a UK measure of poverty or low income, and in particular for geographic comparisons across the country, where costs may vary?

  • A divided Britain

    Issue 151 (Summer 2015)

    Britain has a poor record on poverty. While overall wealth in Britain has doubled over the last three decades, child poverty today is much higher than it was a generation ago and much higher than in most other rich countries. Moreover, even though unemployment has been falling recently, most experts predict that, driven by an increasingly fragile jobs market, the continuing rise of insecure work and a much weaker safety net, poverty levels will continue to rise over the next few years. As a new government begins its term, Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack present a picture of a divided Britain.

  • Honouring the vow

    Issue 150 (Winter 2015)

    The prospect of independence in Scotland was likened by some to that of a messy divorce. Yet the negotiations involved in continued union and constitutional reform may prove messier still. The Smith Commission Report and publication of draft clauses that followed have forced both UK and Scottish governments to confront the questions familiar to many couples involved in a power struggle. Can they reach a workable arrangement? How will they split the Bills? And, most importantly, how will this affect the kids?

  • Celebrating 150 editions of Poverty

    Issue 150 (Winter 2015)

    Poverty was first published in winter 1966 and, while its exact format has varied, it has tended to offer commentary on the issues of the day. Looking through the archives, it is striking how many of the themes that were pressing then endure today, as we publish the 150th edition. Here, we reproduce the opening pieces from one of the earliest editions of the journal, together with editions at two key moments in the fight against child poverty.