Tackling child poverty in London: Implications of demographic and economic change
The LCPC asked Holly Sutherland and Nick Buck from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) of the University of Essex to estimate future levels of child poverty in London and to investigate measures required for London to achieve the government’s targets of halving child poverty by 2010. In 2005, 39 per cent of children in London were living in poverty after housing costs are taken into account and 28 per cent before housing costs.
The new report, 'Tackling child poverty in London: Implications of demographic and economic change' shows that without changes in policy child poverty will remain unchanged in London in 2021/11.
However, the lack of progress in tackling child poverty in London need not be a permanent feature of the capital. In order to succeed in halving child poverty in London the government would need to put in place: a major increase in employment for parents on lower incomes; a substantial package of national measures which increase benefits and London specific measures.