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Fighting poverty, inequality and injusticeA manifesto inspired by Peter Townsend$
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Alan Walker, Adrian Sinfield, and Carol Walker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427151

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.001.0001

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The case for universal child benefit

The case for universal child benefit

Chapter:
(p.79) four The case for universal child benefit
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Fighting poverty, inequality and injustice
Author(s):

Anthony Atkinson B.

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427151.003.0004

This chapter takes up Peter's campaign for a universal child benefit, started over 40 years ago. It makes the case for its retention, against the trend policy on income-tested benefits increasingly favoured by the British government over the past 30 years, not only for its crucial role in addressing child poverty but based on a wider view of social justice concerned to redistribute towards families with children and with gender equity. It notes that this discussion is particularly pertinent given the proposal by the Coalition government to end child benefit for higher rate taxpayers announced in October 2010. It also contains an implicit critique of economists for their failure to address important social issues.

Keywords:   campaign, universal child benefit, British government, child poverty, gender equity, Coalition government, economists, social issues

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