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Poverty alone doesn’t necessarily lead to poor exam results. We need to look at attitudes among families, communities and schools, says Sam Freedman.
Ethnicity matters when it comes to tackling poverty. But, says Helen Barnard, it's not about broad generalisations.
With the cost of bringing up a child now approaching £90 a week, the government needs to do more to help low-earning families, says Katie Schmuecker.
A more collaborative approach would help bust the myths about poverty, says Jenny Rolison.
Online groups like Mumsnet can fill the void left by declining trade unions, social clubs and political parties, says Thomas Neumark.
We need a political model that values social as well as economic growth, says Tim Montgomerie.
As a leading think tank says parents should only be able to claim child benefit for their first four children, Helen Barnard questions what the move would actually achieve.
Employment must be made a viable route out of poverty for struggling lone parent families, says Sumi Rabindrakumar.
Fifteen months after Council Tax Support was localised, new figures show that arrears have increased by 20 per cent.
A grassroots approach can make a massive difference to local people experiencing, or at risk of, loneliness, says Julie Wrigley of Qa Research.
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