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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.