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