Child wellbeing in England, Scotland and Wales: comparisons and variations

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Pedace, Lucas
Family and Parenting Institute
Date of publication
1 November 2008
Children and Young People, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This paper uses data from the 2005 Families and Children Study to look at England, Scotland and Wales and compare income and wellbeing indicators in all three countries. Adjusted incomes (for what families can buy with it) were slightly smaller for poorer families and child poverty was greater in England than in Scotland and Wales, but England fared better than its smaller neighbours when it came to key wellbeing indicators such as health, housing and child behaviour. The paper argues that when comparing different countries on the British mainland, income by itself was not the best measure of children's wellbeing.

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