Decent Childhoods – Reframing the fight to end child poverty
Decent Childhoods: reframing the fight to end child poverty comes out of a lengthy process of discussion and research. I chaired the original seminar in February 2011 when Kate and Jason presented an early draft of the report. Baroness Ruth Lister responded and the debate which followed reached a consensus that Labour’s anti-poverty politics had not succeeded in engaging the public and that a radical rethink was required. Decent Childhoods is the outcome of that debate. Kate and Jason ask the right questions, and they issue a challenge to create a new politics of poverty. It is going to need one. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has predicted that child poverty will increase by 2020, and that the statutory target to halve child poverty will be missed. The Coalition Government’s rapid and radical cuts in public spending not only threaten a new recession, but they will also blight a great many lives.