A leading children’s charity argued that the government should concentrate less on measuring child poverty and more on how to decrease it.
A National Children’s Bureau (NCB) report asks if, with child poverty estimated to increase, the government’s approach is strong enough. The study requests for an urgent rethink of the current plan.
The government said it was “committed to eradicating child poverty… by tackling the root causes”.
The study features official estimates that over a quarter of UK children (27%) -or over three million-live in poverty.A child is counted as living in poverty if the parents’ wages are below 60% of the UK average.It states that, while child poverty is at its lowest level since the 1980’s, a 2011 research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicted that 400,000 more children would be living in poverty by year 2015-16, as a result of changes to the tax and benefits method.
The authors of the report says child poverty is “corrosive”, with poor children not having a good housing and a proper meal, and not likely to goto school.They request a “child poverty board” of ministers to hold all government sectors to account, increase the number of free hours of child education, and more affordable after-school care.
Other proposals include money incentives for families who promote their children’s welfare and new “neighbourhood anti-poverty innovation zones”, with enough funding from the business department.
The authors admit that the coalition government sees discussing child poverty as “an important goal”.