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Poverty, policy and the stateThe changing face of social security$
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Mr Mike O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347992

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.001.0001

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Facing the greatest risk of poverty: who?

Facing the greatest risk of poverty: who?

(p.60) (p.61) Four Facing the greatest risk of poverty: who?
Poverty, policy and the state

Michael O’Brien

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on how poverty, low living standards, and income support are distributed, and on the recipients of the various forms of public income support, including tax credits. It explores the New Zealand data and developments alongside comparable international work, highlighting both the similarities and differences in the research findings. The chapter summarises and reviews available statistical and descriptive material, highlighting both the uneven distribution of poverty, the major groups receiving income support from the state, and the changes in that distribution over the last two decades. It also stresses the gendered and ethnic dimensions of both poverty and income support, including the risks for particular family groups such as larger families and lone-parent families.

Keywords:   poverty, living standards, income support, tax credits, poverty distribution, lone parent

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