Poverty journal

Articles from the most recent issues of our journal are available on AskCPAG.

Our journal aims to stimulate debate about the nature, causes and consequences of child poverty in the UK, and potential solutions. 

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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.

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.

Editorial: Poverty 161

Poverty 161 (Winter 2018)
What would it take to reverse child poverty increases in the next Budget?

Getting poverty statistics right

Poverty 161 (Winter 2018)
Poverty statistics are important. They help us know where progress is being made – or lost – and hold politicians to account.

Fair Shares and Families study

Poverty 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.

‘You can’t live on thin air’: the wait for universal support

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
The impact of the transition to universal credit is only just beginning to be felt. By the end of 2018, all job centres across the UK will be processing claimants in the new system, and by 2022 all existing eligible claimants still on the legacy benefits will have been migrated to the new system – 12 million households.

Editorial: Poverty 160

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
New poverty figures show that child poverty has risen for the third year in a row, to 4.1 million (after housing costs). And analysis by the University of York shows that families in poverty are now more than £60 a week below the poverty line on average, compared with just over £50 10 years ago.