Ever since New Labour first set the welfare reform bandwagon in motion in 2006, the mantra of work has been used by all sides of the political spectrum as ‘proof’ that the benefits system is in need of large-scale reform.
Supporting the family is key to both the Government’s and the Conservatives’ approach to eradicating child poverty, and is one of the major issues on which the election is likely to be fought.
A few years ago, the concept of ‘in-work poverty’ was relatively unheard of. When the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) first report on the subject was published in early 2007, the simple statistic that nearly half of all poor children lived in working families was enough to make headlines in nearly every national newspaper.
How will the current downturn in the labour market affect poverty? Adrian Sinfield looks back at previous recessions and asks what can be learnt in order to prevent a similar rise in poverty to that seen in the 1980s.
03 January 2008
Commenting on the IPPR report Working out of poverty: a study of the low paid and the working poor, released today, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Kate Green, said: “The report shows that the main plank of the Government’s strategy to end child poverty is failing...