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Tuesday, 10th January 2012

Child Poverty Map of the UK

Source: End Child Poverty (UK)

From the Introduction:

In May 2010, the coalition government took office pledging to continue the previous government’s commitment to end child poverty and to implement the Child Poverty Act 2010.

Between 1998 and 2010, the number of children in poverty was reduced by 900,000. The task that the new government has accepted is to continue this progress. If a similar reduction was made between 2010 and 2020, child poverty would be at its lowest point for 40 years.

However, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has forecast that present policies will cause a further rise in child poverty. Far from it being eradicated by 2020, on the coalition’s present policies it will have returned to close to its peak in the 1990s, wiping out the progress that has been made...

While it is fully accepted that the nation now faces incredible challenges reducing the deficit, this cannot excuse the regressive nature of the path the coalition has chosen. It is a political choice whether the cost of balancing the budget falls most heavily on the poorest or the wealthiest. The decision made to place the greater burden on the poorest – revealed in the Treasury’s income distribution analysis for tax and benefit changes published with the Autumn Statement 2011 – not only puts children’s wellbeing at risk, it carries economic risks too. Child poverty already costs the UK economy around £25 billion a year; any rise in child poverty will push up this cost.

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+ Percentage in poverty by UK region

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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