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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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The ‘un-politics’ of child poverty

Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)
In recent years there has been a great deal of political activity directed towards the goal of ‘eradicating’ child poverty in the UK. The Child Poverty Act enshrines this goal in law, two child poverty strategies have been published and, at times, a great deal of progress has been made.

Editorial: It’s time to step outside the confines of current political debate

Issue 149 (Autumn 2014)
As Poverty goes to press, we have just completed a party conference season that, in its headline policy announcements, has made depressing viewing from a child poverty perspective.

The poor of the mass media

Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
Stories and pictures in the mass media form an important basis for creating opinions of ‘the poor’ and welfare recipients. The media content influences who we think these people are, how we think they behave and what we think should be done to either help or punish them.

Adding to the shame of poverty: the public, politicians and the media

Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
The denigration of people in poverty is not new. It has been evident since at least the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII when the Tudor state assumed de facto responsibility for the care of ‘paupers’, and the terms ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ were coined.

In-work poverty

Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
More than half of all people in poverty now live in a working family. For children in poverty, this figure rises to nearly two-thirds. In each case, this proportion is the highest for all the years for which we have data.

Editorial: Poverty cannot be reduced to a one-dimensional caricature

Issue 148 (Summer 2014)
As the consultation on the government’s latest three-year child poverty consultation closes, it seeks to articulate the policies it sees as reducing poverty, even as it prevaricates over how to define it.

How can we reduce child poverty without improving its prevention?

Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
The need to prevent child poverty is often acknowledged, but it is astonishing how quickly we slip away into being ‘realistic’ about what can be done now.

The real reason for the misery of work assessments

Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
Many sick and disabled people, including those with Huntington’s Disease, uncontrolled epilepsy, kidney failure or brittle bone disease, are refused employment and support allowance.

Interview: Alan Milburn

Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires the government to produce a strategy every three years, setting out the action it plans to take to end child poverty in the UK. Alongside this, the Act established an independent Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission.

Editorial: child poverty strategy must tackle current headwinds

Issue 147 (Winter 2014)
As Poverty goes to press, we have not yet had sight of the government’s next three-year child poverty strategy that it is obliged to produce under the terms of the Child Poverty Act 2010.