Poverty : Poverty And The Measures Associated With Child Poverty

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Poverty is a multifaceted concept; moreover, the measure of poverty is rather intricate, it is not as simple as looking at who is without, the rudiments of poverty depend heavily on social and political values (Sabates, 2008). Furthermore, economic efficiency will affect the measure of poverty, which in turn, can have a detrimental effect on families with children. Child poverty has been the forefront of Social Policy in the UK ever since Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s momentous promise to eradicate child poverty by the year 2020 (Blair, 1999). Therefore, this essay will evaluate the progress on the eradication of child poverty since New Labour’s historic promise in 1999 and will follow the progress to the present day. By utilising a range of academic sources and secondary literature, this essay will firstly discuss the possible causes and consequences of child poverty before defining poverty and the measures associated with child poverty. The main focus of this essay will settle on New Labours redistribution of wealth approach to evaluate the progress in conquering child poverty and how New Labours policies and the welfare reforms of the Coalition and the Conservative Governments have impacted the current outlook on child poverty. Prior to New Labour’s promise to tackle child poverty, the figure of poverty in relative terms amongst children was estimated to be 4.3 million (Baldock, Mitton, Manning, & Vickerstaff, 2012, p.90). New Labour promised to half this amount
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