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Rediscovering child poverty: child poverty and policy from 1945

Lucinda Platt

in Discovering child poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.003.0006
Rediscovering child poverty: child poverty and policy from 1945

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This chapter explores the revelation that poverty, even child poverty, was not solved, and the subsequent attempts to communicate that fact. It notes that this involved both campaigns for increases in support and ongoing attempts to define more precisely the extent of poverty, and to render it conceptually meaningful to policy makers and the public alike. It notes that by the beginning of the postwar period there appeared to be state commitment to a role in supporting children and families with children. It observes however, that the measures that had achieved this had not been unequivocal. Moreover, it explains that the postwar welfare state began to come under pressure relatively soon and one of the casualties of this was the commitment to children.

Keywords: child poverty; support; postwar period; state commitment; welfare state

Chapter.  11119 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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