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'Absolute' child and pensioner poverty fell between 1979 and 1996, but that trend faces a dramatic reversal, says Chris Goulden.
Working or not, it's the long-term situation that's hitting the poorest hardest, says Helen Barnard.
From Monday new local schemes for council tax support come into force. Sabrina Bushe argues the changes create a postcode lottery, with more than two million poor families paying the price.
Budget 2013 sought to boost the economy and housing market. But as Julia Unwin argues, the lack of measures to increase supply and improve safety nets could repeat mistakes from the past.
'Real people' are the symbols of collective failure to tackle poverty, says Quintin Oliver.
The response to immigration risks equating migrants with freeloaders, says Emma Stone.
The Budget announced measures to help parents pay for childcare. But those in most need miss out on the biggest chunk of the support, argues Helen Barnard.
The Chancellor's childcare announcement made a welcome move to help with the cost of living, says Donald Hirsch. But for those on the lowest incomes, the direction has all been backwards.
Measures announced in the Autumn Statement will push 200,000 children below the poverty line, says Conor Darcy.
Will the 2013 budget put the poorest people first, asks Julia Unwin.
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