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Poverty journal

Our journal aims to stimulate debate about the nature, causes and consequences of child poverty in the UK, and potential solutions. To contact the Editor, Josephine Tucker, please email: jtucker@cpag.org.uk 


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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’. Ciara Fitzpatrick, Kate McCauley and Kevin Higgins look at the implications and what should be done.

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.

Editorial: Poverty 162

Poverty 162 (Winter 2019)
Keeping child poverty on the agenda

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.

Rough justice: problems with universal credit assessment periods

Poverty 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.

Welfare reform summit

Poverty 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.