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Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Child Well-Being: Lessons from Britain

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December 7, 2010

By Jane Waldfogel

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This report, authored by Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University and the London School of Economics, describes the recent efforts of the United Kingdom (UK) to end child poverty by 2020. Over the last decade, the UK government carried out an ambitious and multifaceted anti-poverty campaign – with significant results as they reduced child poverty by more than half. Remarkably, their success in reducing child poverty continued even during the recession, as child poverty fell again in the last year – in sharp contrast to the pattern for the US, where child poverty has now reached its highest level in 20 years.

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First Focus would like to recognize the Foundation for Child Development’s gracious support which made this report possible.

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