Nine: A treble blow? Child poverty in 2010 and beyond


This chapter examines child poverty. It evaluates the evidence on child poverty under New Labour and during the recession of 2008–09. It illustrates the modest progress made by Labour governments in reducing child poverty during its time in office and points to the protective effect during the recession of Labour’s macroeconomic and benefits policies. It notes that the government’s anti-poverty strategy relies heavily on substantial job growth in the private sector. It concludes that children in low-income households have suffered a ‘treble blow’: the continuing impact of the recession, the need to reduce the structural deficit and the arrival of a new government committed to particularly steep cuts to public spending and placing a lower priority both on income poverty and on children.

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