Twenty-one years ago, Tony Blair made a promise to end child poverty to by 2020. In 2010, political parties of all stripes agreed binding targets. But rather than seeing the end of child poverty, in 2020 more than four million children live below the poverty line. This book looks at what has been achieved since the pledge to end child poverty was made, as well as considering what went wrong and the lessons that can be learned from both the highs and the lows of the past twenty years. It examines how the challenge of ending child poverty has changed over this period, and outlines a new ambitious plan to end child poverty for good.
In 2012, CPAG published a collection of essays titled 'Ending child poverty by 2020 - progress made and lessons learned'. This book completes the story to the end of the decade, bringing together a range of expert contributions from fields including health, education, housing, early years, social security, race, taxation and the lived experience of low income. This wide-ranging collection helps us understand why we are where we are, examines the impact of public policy during the austerity years and the possible impacts of Brexit, and offers fresh proposals for what an effective child poverty strategy 2020 should look like.