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Child poverty in Britain and the New Labour government

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  • Hv Social Pathology. Social And Public Welfare. Criminology
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  • Economics
  • Political Science


David Piachaud and Holly Sutherland Child poverty in Britain and the New Labour government Article (Published version) (Refereed) Original citation: Piachaud, David and Sutherland, Holly (2001) Child poverty in Britain and the New Labour government. Journal of social policy, 30 (1). pp. 95-118. ISSN 0047-2794 © 2001 Cambridge University Press This version available at: Available in LSE Research Online: September 2012 LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright © and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL ( of the LSE Research Online website. Downloaded: 08 May 2012 IP address: Child Poverty in Britain and the New Labour Government DAV I D P I AC H AU D and H O L LY S U T H E R L A N D A B S T R AC T The new Labour government in Britain has made the reduction of child poverty one of its central objectives. This article analyses the circum- stances of children in poverty and describes the specific initiatives involved in Labour’s approach and weighs them up in terms of their potential impact. The impact on child poverty of policies designed to raise incomes directly is analysed using micro-simulation modelling. A major emphasis of current policy is on the promotion of paid work, and we explore the potential for poverty reduction of increasing the employment of parents. The policies that address long-term disadvantage are also dis- cussed and finally the whole programme is assessed and future strategy is

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