According to the media, the cornerstone of Gordon Brown's budget this afternoon will be a £1 billion pledge to tackle child poverty. Presumably his researchers have been doing a lot of reading lately, as there have been a number of reports published on this topic in recent months.

Delivering on Child Poverty: What Would it Take? was published last November by the Department for Work and Pensions; this followed on from the similarly titled What Will it Take to End Child Poverty? which was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in July of last year. This was actually the final report of an ongoing research project that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation had been conducting; all of the reports and other information are available in full from the project website.

Further information on this subject is also available from the Child Poverty Action Group website, which offers free access to useful articles, statistics and links to other organisations which are involved in this area.


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