Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/723/14733

From The Socialist newspaper, 20 June 2012

The child poverty mirage

Many people may have been pleasantly surprised recently to see in newspaper headlines that "child poverty is down". Is this a rare success for the Con-Dems' social strategy? Do cuts really encourage the 'big society' to solve all our problems? But just a little further reading showed the latest figures were nothing to get excited about.

In 2010-11 there were 2% (300,000) less children classed as living in poverty than the previous year. But the main reason for this is that child poverty is calculated based on the number of children in households with below 60% of the median income - which was down 13 per week from the year before.

So the great success is... everyone has got poorer so the very very poor aren't quite so far behind the rest any more. Many of those children claimed to have been lifted out of poverty have seen no change in their circumstances whatsoever.

And even using this lower figure, 18% of children - that's 2.3 million - still live in poverty. When housing costs are included, 3.6 million children are living in poverty. Almost two-thirds of households accepted as homeless last year had children. Unsurprisingly given the government's attacks on jobs, wages, benefits and children's services, there's no chance of hitting the target of eradicating child poverty by 2020.

Contrary to work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith's comments suggesting that the solution for these families is for the parents to "get a job" (there aren't enough) it's not just the unemployed we're talking about - 61% of children in poverty have working parents, up from 45% in the mid 1990s.

The problem is not a "cycle of dependency", it's not "problem families". The problem is a society run in the interests of a tiny rich minority rather than democratically planned to meet the needs of the overwhelming majority.

The Socialist Party fights for a socialist society where we can achieve full employment, decent wages and massive investment into desperately needed services to make sure no child is balancing on the breadline.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 20 June 2012:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight their profit system

2012 earth summit

British economy: "black cloud overhead"

Leveson inquiry - The 1%: "definitely in this together"

Flight of the rats

The child poverty mirage

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Greece election - majority vote against austerity

Egypt's military instigates a 'soft coup'


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Join in the Austerity Games!

Gloucestershire: Countywide protests to stop NHS sell-off

Bus bosses can't stop the Socialist!

Support the final sprint to the fighting fund quarter finish line


Socialist Party workplace news

Striking at Fords to defend pensions

Five hundred food processing workers strike in Leicester

Packed Coryton refinery meeting backs action to win

Support the London bus strike

UCU: Time to fight on pay and pensions

Improved offer in Metro workers' pay fight

Workplace news in brief


Trade union conferences

GMB delegates question link to Labour

Unite needs strategy to step up fight against austerity

Unison conference: members show anger at pensions 'offer'

Fighting teachers' association network launched


Socialist Party review

Secret History of the Streets, Deptford High Street


 

Facebook   Twitter



Home   |   The Socialist 20 June 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter



Related links:

Child poverty:

triangleChildren suffer as the cuts deepen

triangleKids Company closure

triangleChild poverty soars

triangleThem & Us

triangleWhere's our recovery?

Poverty:

triangleCameron's housing con

triangleBosses 'earn' year's pay in under a week

triangleNo government majority as Podemos partially recovers

triangleEyewitness to the refugee crisis: a visit to 'The Jungle'

Children:

triangleOxford Unite's strike to defend children's centres

triangleFighting to save the last two play centres

triangleTories 'Prevent' civil liberties

Households:

triangleBedroom Tax ruling: The fight to scrap it must continue

triangleWater firms' 1.2bn in profit off human need

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

3/2/16

Water

Zika virus: Another healthcare system failure

3/2/16

World economy

World economy heading into a storm

3/2/16

NHS

Solidarity with health workers

3/2/16

Tax

Bedroom Tax ruling: The fight to scrap it must continue

3/2/16

Them & Us

Them & Us

3/2/16

Homes

Air pollution destroys more lives and homes

3/2/16

Taxes

Conservatives have no interest in collecting corporation taxes

3/2/16

Tax

Tax the 1%

3/2/16

Workers

Tesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

27/1/16

Liberties

Tories 'Prevent' civil liberties

27/1/16

Housing

Housing: smash the Tory wrecking bill

27/1/16

Trade union

Trade union bill will stretch resources as well as limit action

27/1/16

Refugees

Red doors and wristbands scandal

27/1/16

Birmingham

Birmingham teachers strike to resist academy attack

27/1/16

Them & Us

Them & Us

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...

triangle8 Feb Defiant demonstration

triangle8 Feb Socialist Party members inspired by conference

triangle5 Feb Local government union backs no-cuts council budgets

triangle3 Feb March against the housing bill

triangle3 Feb Zika virus: Another healthcare system failure

triangle3 Feb World economy heading into a storm

triangle3 Feb Solidarity with health workers

More ...

triangle9 Feb Plymouth Socialist Party: World in Crisis - Building for socialism in 2016

triangle9 Feb Derby Socialist Party: Who are the socialists?

triangle9 Feb Manchester Socialist Party: The history of the Socialist Party

triangle9 Feb Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Recession/Depression - The crisis within capitalism

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook

Archive

Categories

1-9 

1-9 


Archives:

February 2016

January 2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice