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What Really Happened to Child Poverty in the UK under Labour's First Term?

Mike Brewer, Tom Clark and Alissa Goodman
The Economic Journal
Vol. 113, No. 488, Features (Jun., 2003), pp. F240-F257
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Royal Economic Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3590200
Page Count: 18
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What Really Happened to Child Poverty in the UK under Labour's First Term?
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Abstract

Child poverty in Britain fell in Labour's first term, though by much less than micro-simulation exercises suggested. Nonetheless, the decline is statistically significant, and is greater if measured just in the last 6 months of 2000/1, rather than the whole year. The decline also proves robust to the choice of poverty line, although that which the Government has emphasised (60% of contemporary income) shows a somewhat bigger drop than any other than any other poverty line that is a fraction of median income. Among those who remain poor, the average shortfall in measured income below the poverty line has increased since 1996/7. Looking ahead, the methodology currently used in official poverty statistics may limit the potential to reduce child poverty significantly further.

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