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Alan Milburn this week warned that the parties were failing to address poverty. With poverty on the political agenda, Helen Barnard assesses where their plans need to go further.
Poverty costs us all – but with the right plan we can do something about it, says Chris Goulden.
In the third of our party conference blogs, Helen Barnard looks at whether the Lib Dems’ plans for their next manifesto will reduce poverty.
In the second of a series of blogs during party conference season, Katie Schmuecker says the Conservatives’ focus on the economy must have poverty reduction at its heart.
In the first of a series of blogs during party conference season, Chris Goulden assesses the successes and failures of Labour’s approach to tackling poverty, and what they should do next.
Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s independence referendum vote, Scotland must get to grips with high levels of poverty in the country, says Julia Unwin.
Sanctions are having unintended consequences and may increase the risk of young people living in poverty, says Beth Watts.
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.
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