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Fair Shares and Families study

Poverty 160 (summer 2018)
Here, Gill Main describes a new study, looking at how resources are shared in families and how children economise in order to save money, meet their own needs and minimise the stress on their parents.

Editorial: Poverty 159

Issue 159 (Winter 2018)
The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has caused a stir, especially coming shortly after her predecessor had shown some willingness to address universal credit design problems.

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.

Editorial: we must win the battle of attitudes

Issue 146 (Autumn 2013)
What do the benefit cap, tougher conditionality for claimants and means testing child benefit all have in common? They all hit families with children hard. And they will all drive up child poverty in the next five years and beyond.

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.

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.

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?

Benefit uprating: a return to human decency?

Issue 141 (Spring 2012)
In tough economic times, public debate can sometimes become more understanding of the plight of the worst off, but at other times show elements of mean-spirited selfishness. Nowhere has the latter response been more evident than in recent debates about the uprating of benefits.

The effect of fiscal tightening on family incomes and child poverty

Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)
A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that the Coalition Government’s Emergency Budget hit families with children hardest.

'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.