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Report: Public views on child poverty: results from the second poll undertaken as part of the Measuring Child Poverty consultation

7 March 2013 

report published by the Department for Work and Pensions presents survey results, undertaken as part of the Measuring Child Poverty consultation.

In the report members of the public: rated the importance of various factors when deciding whether someone was growing up in poverty; and considered which areas it is important for the government to address in order to tackle child poverty. It notes that, for many years, the principal measure of child poverty has been based on relative income, and that the consultation proposed that new measures of child poverty should be developed. It also suggests that the survey results indicate that the most important factors in deciding whether someone is growing up in child poverty includes: having parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol (88 per cent); suffering from poor health or disability (81 per cent); or having to care for a parent or living with a parent with a debilitating illness (80 per cent). The report also found that the survey respondents rated the most important areas of government focus in tackling child poverty should be: getting more families into work or getting more families in poverty working full time (84 per cent); increasing the number of poor children who get good GCSEs and A levels, or reducing the number of poor children who go to failing schools (84 per cent); and helping parents overcome ill health and move into work, or reducing the number of parents suffering from mental health problems and addiction (84 per cent).

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2013/Public_Views_on_Child_Poverty_round_2.pdf

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