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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Child wellbeing in the UK

Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
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.

New investment in childcare

Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
In response to the growing burden of childcare costs, the Chancellor announced in this year’s Budget close to an extra £1 billion investment in childcare. At a time of cuts to most government budgets, this is to be celebrated and offers a clear indication of the political priority that childcare now enjoys.

Editorial: time for the rhetoric to change

Issue 145 (Summer 2013)
Much of the current rhetoric about child poverty revolves around the idea that poverty is a result of individual choice rather than structural constraints.

The impact of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill

Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
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.

Poverty, social security and stigma

Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
‘Proud to be poor’ is not a banner under which many want to march.’ Writing recently about the lack of respect accorded to those living on a low income, Ruth Lister identified the strong and historic link between poverty and stigma.

Measuring child poverty: can we do better?

Issue 144 (Spring 2013)
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.

Why we need a relative income poverty measure

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
The latest international comparisons of child poverty rates from UNICEF show a smaller proportion of children living in relative income poverty in Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia than in the UK, Italy, Spain or the United States.

The indignity of the Welfare Reform Act

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
At the 101st session of its conference in June this year, the International Labour Organization agreed Recommendation 202 on national social protection floors. Esoteric though it sounds, this sets standard that has the potential to require the radical upgrading of the British social security system.

Last Word: Gateshead Youth Assembly

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
In the first of a new series of contributions from young people, Melanie Caddle and Mirander Delahaye describe their work on the Gateshead Youth Assembly.

The cost of a child

Issue 143 (Autumn 2012)
How much does it cost to bring up a child, free of material hardship and social disadvantage, in the UK today? How should these costs be measured and what costs should be included? And how adequate is the benefits system in meeting the cost of children?