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Britain's poorest children revisited : evidence from the British Household Panel Survey 1994-2002

Britain’s Poorest Children Revisited focuses on the experience of severe and persistent child poverty in the UK during the period 1994- 2002. The report begins by examining trends in childhood experience of severe and non-severe poverty between 1994 and 2002, with particular reference to changes after 1997, when new policies were introduced to address the problem of child poverty in the UK.

This is followed by an examination of characteristics of children in severe and persistent poverty with particular reference to employment and benefit receipt of adult household members and family type and composition.

The final section focuses on the experience of persistent and severe poverty in childhood and household as well as young people’s social exclusion. The findings provide useful insights on areas where significant improvements have been made in recent years, as well as highlight areas that require further policy attention.

Monica Magadi
Sue Middleton
Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University