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The government's child poverty target: how much progress has been made?

Brewer, M.; Clark, T.; Goodman, A.; (2002) The government's child poverty target: how much progress has been made? (IFS Commentaries C088 ). Institute for Fiscal Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Before the 2001 election the Treasury said that `tax and benefit reforms announced in this Parliament will lift over 1.2 million children out of relative poverty'. But official figures released on 11 April show a smaller fall in child poverty, of only 0.5 million since 1996-97. This commentary attempts to explain the discrepancy. Using the data that lie behind the official Households Below Average Income publications, we analyse trend in child poverty, measured against various poverty lines, since 1979. We show how the government's choice of a relative poverty line is making its goal to abolish child poverty more difficult and more expensive. We also discuss how easy the government will find it to make further reductions in child poverty.

Type: Report
Title: The government's child poverty target: how much progress has been made?
ISBN-13: 9781903274255
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/1946
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14852
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