Much of the current rhetoric about child poverty revolves around the idea that poverty is a result of individual choice rather than structural constraints. We have seen this clearly in recent months: whether it is the much-employed ‘strivers versus skivers’ line, the idea that poverty is a ‘lifestyle choice’, or government polling that headlined drug and alcohol abuse as a key explanation of child poverty, personal responsibility and behaviour is repeatedly highlighted in the discourse.
This issue of Poverty contains an examination of where this type of language has come from in recent years.
Articles in this issue:
- New investment in childcare
Vidhya Alakeson asks who will benefit
- Child wellbeing in the UK
Dragan Nastic presents the latest international comparisons
- Poverty minus a pound
Stewart Lansley looks at how the poverty consensus has unravelled