19 July 2013

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, we are told. There’s no such thing as free poverty either.

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has costed child poverty. The cost comes from lost tax revenue and extra costs for the NHS, for example.

For Cornwall the cost of relative child poverty comes to £196 million a year. The cost of each child living in poverty is around £10 861 and are about 18 068 children in poverty in Cornwall, around 17 percent of the children of Cornwall. In ranking by percentage Cornwall is about half way among the 326 local authorities in England.

It isn’t just the financial cost. Poverty is corrosive. It circumscribes lives. It robs the individual of opportunities and robs society of talents. It is a serious injustice. The Labour government tackled this and made some headway,not enough, but reducing the numbers of the poor. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimates that relative child poverty will rise by 800 000 between 2010-2020, a catastrophic reversal of Labour progress.

Here is the CPAG report by Rys FARTHING Local authorities and child poverty: balancing threats and opportunities (July 2013). It is also accessible from here.

Here is the 2012 report from the End Child Poverty.

Section 6.4 in Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2013 (IFS) discusses child poverty over time.

Be sure to read the definition of poverty, relative and absolute, in the various reports.

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Child poverty up and up and up 13 October 2011

Child poverty: yesterday and tomorrow 16 May 2011