child poverty

Reversing two lost decades

Ollie Middleton  |  8 December 2017

The rise of poverty in this country is reversible – but the next Labour government will have to think long-term to stop it happening again, writes Ollie Middleton Last weekend’s resignation of Alan Milburn as chair of the government’s Social Mobility Commission is yet another blow for the prime minister. Upon resigning, Milburn delivered a damning …

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Letetr from … New Zealand

Darren Hughes  |  6 November 2017

New Zealand has a new government under Labour prime minister Jacinda Ardern. But how will it work? Darren Hughes explains For followers of centre-left politics there has not been a lot of good news of recent times  – in terms of victories, rather than improved performances, at least. This has changed with the swearing in …

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Back to the future on childcare

Alison Garnham  |  8 February 2017

Returning childcare provision to market principles would be a retrograde step, writes chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs has argued that the solution to our childcare problems in the United Kingdom is to scrap free early years childcare, tax-free childcare, staff-child ratios and qualification requirements …

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No second chances

Jansev Jemal  |  30 November 2016

The Labour movement is about looking out for the most vulnerable in our society and there is no group more vulnerable than children. They are entirely dependent on the adults around them until they reach an age where they are considered fit and able to lead an independent life. But too often society has failed …

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Improving Children’s Life Chances

Sally Keeble  |  18 October 2016

Britain’s children pay a heavy price for Labour’s fall from power. ‘Improving Children’s Life Chances’, a new book from Child Poverty Action Group, sets out the scale of the crisis, and some policy solutions. We Brits have a terrible record in our treatment of children. Our infant mortality rate is 21st out of a list …

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The big warning in Unicef’s report on child wellbeing

Alison Garnham  |  14 April 2016

Unicef’s analysis of child wellbeing across the developed world, released today, is emphatic that increasing family incomes is a critical tool to boost children’s educational success, health and happiness. In saying this, it is issuing a pretty clear warning to the United Kingdom government that poverty-producing policies will deprive children of happy, healthy and secure …

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Co-invest in people’s futures

Julia Unwin  |  11 April 2016

Tackling the causes of poverty can help to address asset inequality Asset inequality accretes over time: a family’s ability to invest in education and skills, housing, and new enterprises is largely linked to their income from prior earnings or inheritances. The issue is made worse in the United Kingdom through a dysfunctional housing market, where volatility has led to …

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Child poverty measures still at risk

Sam Royston  |  26 January 2016

The government’s plans to scrap the legal duty to accurately and comprehensively monitor the number of children living in low-income families have – thankfully – been firmly rejected by the House of Lords. However, these plans will go back to the Commons and are still at risk of being overturned. The welfare reform and work …

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Pledges for power

Alex Ross-Shaw  |  5 August 2015

The art of opposition is to credibly oppose the government of the day while positioning yourself as a legitimate government-in-waiting. You need costed, credible policies to motivate activists and signpost the future direction of your government, but not so many as to create easy targets for the sitting government to prey on. Liz Kendall’s ‘5 …

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Focus on low paid jobs should be a priority

Frank Soodeen  |  6 July 2015

The warning from the United Kingdoms’s four children’s commissioners that another 1 million children are at risk of poverty, as a result of further cuts, comes at a slightly awkward time for forecasters. Last week’s official data showing that poverty rates, except among disabled adults, remained fairly flat even after five years of austerity surprised …

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