poverty

Series of articles by various authors on the subject of child poverty. Topics covered include: social mobility, employment, Sure Start, child protection, well-being and early years education.

Report that provides a historic backdrop to the work of housing associations over the last eight decades or so in relation to their record of tackling poverty, disadvantage and inequality. The report also explores how housing associations have evolved as social investors.

Finally, it asks whether housing associations have contributed to embedding poverty, disadvantage and inequality in the communities where they work or are transformative localised agencies helping their tenants to enhance their life chances.

Paper that investigates the impact of persistent poverty on the cognitive development of children in the very early years of their lives. It uses the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), which is a sample of 19,000 children born in UK around the turn of the century.

The report traces the children's cognitive development as measured in a series of standard tests up until they are 7 years old. Its focus is on the impact of living in poverty on this cognitive development.

Report that sets out Save the Children’s view of why income must remain a key part of measuring and tackling child poverty. This is based on their longstanding belief that low income is central to the experience of poverty.

The report also looks at the progress that has been made in reducing child poverty to date and argues that efforts to suggest the 2020 targets cannot be met are premature. It concludes that income based measures of poverty, including the internationally recognised relative income measure, must remain central to anti-poverty approaches.

Paper that argues that the current measure of child poverty is inadequate, and that it fails to acknowledge that poverty is about much more than a lack of income.

Child poverty affects many aspects of children’s lives and their future social mobility. Research identifies a range of detrimental outcomes for children which are associated with child poverty as well as the key barriers to moving out of poverty.

This briefing looks at the effect of child poverty on social mobility.

Report concerned with the impact of future changes in employment structures and pay patterns on income inequality and poverty.

The report findings suggest that:
• relative poverty and inequality are set to rise by 2020 as a result of changes to the structure of employment and future changes in the tax and benefit system
• absolute poverty is likely to be aff ected very little by those changes
• to mitigate increases in poverty and inequality, a very precise and targeted approach to policy, focusing on households in poverty, will be required.

The goal of the Oxfam Humankind Index for Scotland is to assess Scotland’s prosperity through a holistic and more representative measure of progress, beyond the dominant economic model which relies on Gross Domestic Product as the main indicator. The Oxfam Humankind Index measures the real wealth of Scotland – what really matters to the people of Scotland.

Report that looks at what has changed in the two-and-a-half years since the last report in 2009. It examines low income, work, benefits and education. What emerges is a complex picture. There has been continued long-term improvement in some areas and persistent problems in others.

There are variations both between and within geographical areas and population groups. In all of this, there is the sense that while the position is no worse than three years ago,it is also no better, and Northern Ireland is now faced by the uncertainties of public sector cuts and welfare reform.