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‘A scar on the soul of Britain’: child poverty and disadvantage under New Labour

Stewart Kitty

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0004
‘A scar on the soul of Britain’: child poverty and disadvantage under New Labour

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This chapter looks at the government's efforts to improve living standards and opportunities for the poorest children. It assesses progress towards the child-poverty targets as well as the impact of early-years policies, intended to stop a class divide in child development from being established long before children reach school. Labour's agenda for tackling poverty and disadvantage among children was serious and wide ranging, but with the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that its policies did not match the scale of the challenge. The strategy began well and ambitiously, and by 2004 there were positive signs that it was succeeding in improving the daily reality and future prospects of poor children. However, it was noted in 2005 that this success should be considered just a start.

Keywords: living standards; poorest children; child poverty; child development

Chapter.  9323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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