child poverty

  • The cost of child poverty locally


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    Many local authorities we spoke to were aware that poverty came with long-term costs, and that reducing child poverty could produce long-term economic savings. However, these costs were unarticulated and it was difficult for child poverty leads to convince councillors of the potential scope of the savings that could be made by addressing child poverty.

  • Guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners


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    A (long) plain language guide to welfare reforms for local authority staff and their partners

    A wide reaching programme of welfare reform is underway that will have a significant impact on child poverty levels across local authorities. The scope of the welfare reform programme is broad, and a number of reforms will affect a variety of family types, and for many households, these effects will be cumulative.

  • Local Authorities and Child Poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

    July 2013
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    This report outlines the impact of welfare reforms on local authorities – including the costs to local areas of child poverty - and explores how they and their partner organisations manage the impact of these reforms. It draws upon a series of roundtable events CPAG held in March 2013 for local authority and partner staff, and includes their policy recommendations for central Government.

  • Child wellbeing in the UK

    Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
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    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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  • An estimate of the cost of child poverty in 2013

    June 2013
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    The high levels of child poverty in the UK are currently costing the country at least £29 billion a year – or £1,098 per household – according to new research by Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University.

  • Measuring child poverty: can we do better?

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
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    In June 2012 when the government published the Households Below Average Income dataset for 2010/11, it announced at the same time that it would revisit the question of how we measure child poverty in the UK. In November 2012, a public consultation on the topic was launched when the Department for Work and Pensions issued the document Measuring Child Poverty: a consultation on better measures of child poverty. Jonathan Bradshaw looks at the key aspects of the various dimensions that the government has selected for inclusion, assesses their appropriateness for inclusion in any metric of child poverty and presents the shortcomings of the proposed new measure.

  • The impact of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill

    Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
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    In December 2012, at the tail end of the parliamentary session, the government laid before the House of Commons a new piece of legislation. The Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill 2012 has a clear objective: to legitimate the Chancellor’s decision in his Autumn Statement to uprate key in- and out-of-work benefits by just 1 per cent for the next three fiscal years. Lindsay Judge explores the likely impacts of the Bill on the fortunes of children growing up in low-income families in the UK today, and subjects some of the rhetorical claims surrounding it to further scrutiny.

  • Child poverty 2010/11 official poverty figures media briefing

    June 2012
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    14th June 2012 saw the publication of the latest official child poverty figures for the UK and for Scotland.

  • Ending Child Poverty by 2020: Progress made and lessons learned

    December 2012
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    In this landmark report, CPAG has brought together leading academics and campaigners to reflect on the progress made towards ending child poverty in the UK, as well as to consider the risks for the future.

  • 'Foodbanks first’ jobseekers cut and welfare cap will rack up economic costs of child poverty

    June 26, 2013
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    Responding to today’s spending Review Statement by the Chancellor, Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:

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