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Guest post by Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University

We are constantly being told by politicians and the press that the welfare system is broken. Actually cash benefits (and to a lesser extent spending on services) are the only part of...

Today sees the publication of our first ‘Working Paper’ which looks at whose responsibility it is to tackle child poverty locally.

Local authorities and their partners are central to efforts to tackle poverty, and have been for many years. The local duties in the Child Poverty Act (2010)...

One of the phrases from the government child poverty strategy that always sticks in my mind is around people who ‘do the right thing’. It is used to highlight how the welfare reforms and the ‘new approach’ to tackling child poverty will ‘reward’ these people. Below are the uses of the phrase in...

This week we launched a report exploring the role of local services in tackling poverty amongst asylum seekers and refugees.

The Poverty and Social Exclusion website very kindly offered to host a guest blog on the topic for us and so we’d like you to click here to find out more about the...

I've done a guest blog for VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) on why charities really should be paying the Living Wage. The blog can be found here:

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Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.

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Poverty leads to poor attainment.  Poor attainment leads to poverty.

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Councils have a duty to address child poverty through their services, jobs and contracts.

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