Addressing in-work poverty

10th Nov 2008

This report describes how the rise of poverty among children in working-families is undermining the drive to end child poverty as a whole, and what can be done about it.

The existence of 'in-work' poverty has only been officially recognised in the last couple of years. Yet the steady upward trend and number of children involved mean that it should be given high priority. The report includes an in-depth analysis of the progress that has been made on in-work poverty among children since the start of the government's poverty programme in the late 1990s.

Key features of the report include:

  • discussion of the gradual recognition of in-work poverty affecting children;
  • a review of the evidence on in-work poverty (how many and who it affects, how it has and will change);
  • analysis of the effect of tax credits on in-work poverty;
  • examination of the government's new approach;
  • proposals for what can be done to meet the challenge of progression including universal child care and tax reform.

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



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