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Social Policy Review 23Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2011$
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Chris Holden, Majella Kilkey, and Gaby Ramia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428301

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428301.001.0001

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A treble blow? Child poverty in 2010 and beyond

A treble blow? Child poverty in 2010 and beyond

(p.164) (p.165) Nine A treble blow? Child poverty in 2010 and beyond
Social Policy Review 23

Stewart Kitty

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   child poverty, New Labour, recession of 2008–09, anti-poverty

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