Reframing child poverty
Abstract:Labour's pledge to end child poverty, now enshrined in the Child Poverty Act, was a bold and important goal. The extent of the ambition, allied to the sustained commitment to making real progress against the goal should have ensured the Labour government's progressive legacy. Yet the child poverty agenda didn't quite deliver. Although progress was made, Labour fell far short of the aim to halve child poverty by 2010, and current policy projections place the 2020 target well out of reach. The goal itself never resonated strongly beyond a small, largely elite policy-making world. Meanwhile, the Coalition's new Child Poverty Strategy is unlikely to make the 2020 target anymore achievable. Given that in many ways the conditions seemed ripe for an assault on child poverty, we need to try to understand why more was not achieved if future efforts are to be more successful.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 15, 2011
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