Ethnicity and child poverty under New Labour: a research review

Phung, Viet-Hai (2008) Ethnicity and child poverty under New Labour: a research review. Social Policy and Society, 7 (4). pp. 551-563. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

This review article explores the evidence on child poverty rates amongst different ethnic groups in the UK. The Labour Government aims to end child poverty by 2020. Its strategy
rests on improving employability, making work pay and expanding childcare provision. But child poverty rates among ethnic minorities are higher than among white people,
which suggests that policies to reduce these have been ineffectual. The factors underlying this differential include labour market disadvantage, insensitive mainstream services and the language barriers that may cause low take-up of services, benefits and tax credits. The article concludes by suggesting a number of policy strategies that government could take to reduce the levels of child poverty amongst ethnic minorities.

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Additional Information:This review article explores the evidence on child poverty rates amongst different ethnic groups in the UK. The Labour Government aims to end child poverty by 2020. Its strategy rests on improving employability, making work pay and expanding childcare provision. But child poverty rates among ethnic minorities are higher than among white people, which suggests that policies to reduce these have been ineffectual. The factors underlying this differential include labour market disadvantage, insensitive mainstream services and the language barriers that may cause low take-up of services, benefits and tax credits. The article concludes by suggesting a number of policy strategies that government could take to reduce the levels of child poverty amongst ethnic minorities.
Keywords:child poverty, Ethnicity, New Labour
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:4867
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:19 Jan 2012 21:31
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:04

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