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Poverty and the child's world: assessing children's needs

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
Poverty in a child’s life is the result of specific social and economic circumstances, which are always interrelated and complex.

Child poverty and well-being in the here and now

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
Since New Labour pledged to eliminate child poverty by 2020, a myriad of policy changes have been made to address the problems associated with poverty and deprivation during childhood.

Tax credits: changes and performance

Issue 201 (February 2008)
Nearly five years on, and the tax credits scheme still appears to be a work in progress. Mark Willis looks at some of the latest changes and performance.

Government press on with compulsion

Issue 201 (February 2008)
A trio of official publications in late 2007 and early this year provide further detail of the increasing compulsion - or conditionality - being applied to benefit claimants, with the accompanying threat of sanctions (and resulting poverty) for non-compliance. Simon Osborne describes the announcements.

The 'local housing allowance' rules

Issue 201 (February 2008)
New housing benefit (HB) rent restriction rules - the 'local housing allowance' (LHA) rules - are due to be introduced nationwide from 7 April 2008. Far from simplifying the HB rules, a new layer of complexity will be added. An additional difficulty is that, until 6 April 2009, there will be two versions of some of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006 and the Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) Regulations 2006. Carolyn George sets out the detail.

An interview with Ed Balls

Issue 129 (Winter 2008)
In the wake of the creation of the new, cross-governmental Child Poverty Unit and the implementation of the Children’s Plan, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls MP is optimistic about the future.

Exporting AA, CA and DLA care

Issue 201 (December 2007)
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently given an important judgement - Commission of the European Communities v the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (C-299/05, 18 October 2007). The effect of the judgement is to allow for the exportation to any other European Economic Area (EEA) of States Attendance Allowance (AA), Carers Allowance (CA) and the care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Pamela Fitzpatrick provides some background and details of this decision.

All rise for the Judge? Tribunal reform on the books

Issue 201 (December 2007)
Simon Osborne looks at the context and content of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

Tax credits: getting it wrong? – again

Issue 201 (December 2007)
Two years on from her first report on the administration of tax credits, Tax credits: putting things right, the Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham has produced a second report, Tax credits: getting it wrong? Beth Lakhani outlines the report's main findings and recommendations.

'Mini-jobs' for lone parents?

Issue 128 (Autumn 2007)
Juggling work and childcare is the big conundrum of being a lone parent. But as the Government increasingly promotes work as the best way out of poverty, lone parents have little to choose from.