Child Poverty & Why It Matters in the Uk

1323 Words6 Pages
Why should we care about child poverty in the UK? Too truly understand why we should care about child poverty in the UK, we firstly need to understand what the meaning of poverty is. What is Poverty? Peter Townsend a renowned sociologist and one of the early founders of Child Poverty Action Group in 1979 defined poverty as: Individuals, families and groups in the population can be said to be in poverty when they lack resources to obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities which are customary, or at least widely encouraged and approved, in the societies in which they belong. [P Townsend,1979]. Being able to define the definition of poverty helps set the standard by which we can determine if the factors affecting poverty that has an affect on the poorest in society. These factors are not set in stone and can change from community to community, making it very difficult to measure. The Government is accountable under The Child Poverty Act of 2010 for reducing Child Poverty in the UK and eliminating it by 2020. Child poverty is still one of the biggest barriers to children and young people attaining a decent standard of living. It’s predicted and acknowledged by various organisations that the number of children living in poverty will increase further over the foreseeable future due to the current economic climate and the continuing cuts to welfare and services. The causes of child poverty are all intricately woven into each other. Firstly and unsurprisingly one of the major factors that causes this is those families without work. In 2009/2010, 42% of families below the perceived poverty line were out of work. [Department of Work & Pensions, 2011]. This could be caused by having to care for family members, no work available locally, no relevant qualifications or a health condition that stops
Open Document