Can work eradicate child poverty?

Dave Simmonds and Paul Bivand

10 November 2008

This report examines the extent to which work can contribute to the eradication of child poverty, and identifies a number of issues that necessarily arise if work is seen as the best route out of poverty.

The government has repeatedly stated that work is the best route out of poverty. This implies that work is not the only route, but is the preferred or main route in tackling child poverty. This report examines the extent to which there is underemployment among parents and a desire to work among parents who are not currently working. It examines patterns of work and worklessness among parents and flows between work and workless states for parents, both using survey data and lone-parent benefit claims.

The report:

  • identifies the constraints and barriers to parents working;
  • looks at family work patterns and their impact on child poverty;
  • identifies the trends and patterns in parents moving into and out of work, and looks at alternative scenarios,and;
  • examines the contribution of welfare-to-work, and the likely effects of current plans.

This is one of seven reports linked to the Roundup 'What is needed to end child poverty in 2020?'.

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