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Addressing the poverty premium

J. Strelitz and C. Kober

Working Brief, issue 183, 2007, p. 14-16

Low income families often pay more for access to credit, mobile and fixed-line telephones, insurance and energy supply. The authors put forward seven steps that could reduce this so-called poverty premium.

Bigger … but better?

M. Ivory

Community Care, Apr. 12th - 18th 2007, p. 26-27

Large charities are now heavily dependent for funding on contracts to deliver statutory services and have become effectively arms of the state. Small groups, traditionally reliant on grants to support their work, are unable to compete for contracts with the big players, which can call on business acumen and economies of scale.

(See also Community Care, Apr. 12th-18th 2007, p. 16-17 & p.36-37)

Budget 2007: Inclusion’s response

Anon.

Working Brief, issue 183, 2007, p.10-13

Presents Inclusion's comments on various proposals in the 2007 Budget, including local employment partnerships, financial support for 16- 19-year olds, eradication of child poverty, and tackling worklessness in London.

Child poverty, employment and ethnicity in the UK: the role and limitations of policy

L. Platt

European Societies, vol. 9, 2007, p. 175-199

In 1999 the British government stated its resolve to end child poverty within a generation. At around the same time, a government study of ethnic minority employment was undertaken, which was to lead to the establishment of the cross-departmental ethnic minority employment taskforce and a Public Service Agreement target for the Department for Work and Pensions on closing the ethnic minority employment gap. Although many minority ethnic group families have children, and worklessness is one of the main causes of child poverty, the two policy initiatives were not really integrated. This article discusses the intersection between child poverty and ethnic minority employment policy by illustrating the extent of child poverty as ethnically differentiated and exploring ways in which it is related to aspects of employment.

The 'lost generation' of young and jobless

J. Malvern

The Times, Apr. 10th, 2007, p.13

A report commissioned by the Prince’s Trust claims that a ‘lost generation’ of unemployed young people is costing the taxpayer £3.65 billion a year. The report suggests that 1.2 billion Britons are facing a lifetime on benefits. Youth crime alone costs the taxpayer £1 billion. The report also claims that underachievement at school leads to a loss of earnings, poor health and a life of crime in the future. The authors of the report urge for a partnership between the government and the voluntary sector to tackle the problem.

(See also: The Daily Telegraph, Apr. 10th, p.1, p.22-23)

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