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    If we want to improve social mobility, we have to address child poverty

If we want to improve social mobility, we have to address child poverty

Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart discuss evidence from their new report on the effect of financial resources on children’s development. They argue that the high quality evidence from the UK and other OECD and EU countries demonstrates that money in itself matters for children’s development, above and beyond associated factors such as worklessness.

A recent report by the Social Mobility […]

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    Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

Government plans will reallocate nursery funding from poorer to richer children – and no one seems to notice

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro.

Social mobility has been in the news in recent weeks. Announcing government […]

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    Child poverty measures: why academics and the House of Lords have challenged the government proposals

Child poverty measures: why academics and the House of Lords have challenged the government proposals

This week the House of Commons will be discussing the Welfare Reform and Work Bill once again. Discussing the bill in January, the Lords decided that the government should continue to track and report annually on the existing suite of four child poverty indicators – which the Conservative government is seeking to abolish. In their place, the government wants […]

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    Plans to axe child poverty measures contradict the vast majority of expert advice the government received

Plans to axe child poverty measures contradict the vast majority of expert advice the government received

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, proposes to remove all income and material deprivation measures from the Child Poverty Act. By doing so, the government is acting against the advice of 99 per cent of respondents to its own consultation on the matter, find Nick Roberts and Kitty Stewart.

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    New child poverty measures could allow government to shirk its responsibilities

New child poverty measures could allow government to shirk its responsibilities

Abandoning the child poverty targets will damage the interests of disadvantaged children, and represents a significant step back in attempts to make Britain a fairer society, argue Kitty Stewart, Tania Burchardt, John Hills and Polly Vizard.
Last week the Conservative Government announced that it would be abandoning the indicators and targets in the Child Poverty Act (passed with cross-party support in […]

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    Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

The coalition government has consistently emphasised greater social mobility as one of its central goals. But its attempts to improve life chances for disadvantaged children have been undermined by tax-benefit reforms that have reduced family incomes, and by cuts to services for pre-school children, say Kitty Stewart and Ruth Lupton.

How committed has the coalition government really been to furthering […]

Investing in services is not enough; raising incomes is vital to improve children’s outcomes

Conducting a systematic review of all the available empirical evidence, Kerris Cooper and Kitty Stewart found clear evidence that money itself does make a difference to children’s outcomes. Spending £1,000 on raising household incomes would have a similar impact on children’s schooling outcomes as spending £1,000 on schools. However, raising household income would impact many different outcomes at the same time. Income […]

25 hours free early education for 3 and 4 year olds is the right move to increase employment and reduce social segregation

Labour re-entered the policy debate in the area of childcare with the eye-catching announcement that if elected in 2015 they would extend free childcare provision from 15 to 25 hours for all 3 and 4 year olds with working parents. But is this the right way to spend precious government resources in an age of austerity? Work done by Kitty Stewart and […]