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Labour's reforms of social security provision for families: the implications for children

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Labour's commitment to eradicate child poverty and increase support for children and their families has led to a renewed appreciation of the role of social security in children's lives. Central to Labour's welfare reform agenda has been a fundamental change in the organisation and delivery of fiscal support for children.This article takes a child-centred look at these changes and explores in more detail three key areas which reflect some of the ongoing tensions inherent in providing state support for children: Child Tax Credits, Education Maintenance Allowances, and Child Support. It explores how changes in welfare provision have resulted in new forms of fiscal support for children and greater redistribution of resources to children and their families. It also highlights concerns about the future quality of children's welfare citizenship as more children are drawn into means-tested provision.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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