Thirteen: Poverty, inequality and child well-being in international context: still bottom of the pack?


This chapter takes a wider cross-national perspective, asking whether a decade of Labour government has improved the UK’s international standing on indicators of poverty, inequality, and child well being. Despite various efforts, in 2007, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a report that placed the UK bottom of a child well being league. The first half of the chapter is dedicated to the material well-being domain. The second half examines relative progress in education, risks and behaviours, peer relationships, and subjective well being. At times, discussion is restricted to European Union (EU) member states because of the data available, but, where possible, information for other OECD countries is included.

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