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Child poverty in the first five years of life

Jonathan Bradshaw and John Holmes

in Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424761
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424761.003.0002
Child poverty in the first five years of life

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This chapter explores family poverty in the MCS 3 when the children were aged 5 and traces changes in poverty between MCS 1 and 3, from 9 months to age 5. It notes that it is not possible to replicate exactly the measures that the government has been using to monitor the child poverty strategy using the MCS data. It further notes, however, that the MCS collects income data but records the responses in income bands, before housing costs (BHC). The MCS is a sample of families with a child of a certain age and cannot be used to compare with the results of the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) analysis of the FRS that produces data on the proportion of all dependent children in poverty.

Keywords: family poverty; children; child poverty strategy; income data; housing; income

Chapter.  7336 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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