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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1The Nature and Extent of the Problem$
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Esther Dermott and Gill Main

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447332152

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.001.0001

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Measuring poverty in the UK

Measuring poverty in the UK

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(p.17) One Measuring poverty in the UK
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Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK: Vol 1
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David Gordon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447332152.003.0002

All politicians from all political parties in the UK agree that poverty is ‘bad’ things which should be reduced/eradicated.There is political unanimity about this, however, there is also often passionate contestation about the causes and solutions to poverty and, in particular, who is to blame for poverty. This chapter both describes the Poverty and Social Exclusion project’ methodological approach and draws on over 200 years of poverty research to reach the following conclusions: 1) Poverty is not behaviour – most poverty has a structural cause; 2) Poverty is not a disease – you cannot catch poverty from your parents nor transmit it to your friends, relatives or children; 3) The underclass is a persistent myth – which has never existed; 4) Redistribution is the only solution to child poverty – only adults can provide the resources that children need. Failure to learn these lessons from research invariably results in ineffective and inefficient anti-poverty policies such as the £1 billion Troubled Families programme.

Keywords:   Poverty, Deprivation, Child Poverty, Multidimensional Poverty, Social Exclusion, Survey Methodology, PSE

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