More than half of the children growing up in poverty have a parent in work because Britain has a low-wage economy, according to a report published today.
Although Labour has lifted 600,000 children out of poverty since taking power in 1997, almost all of them had parents who were unemployed. Some 2.9 million children are still classed as poor because their family’s income is less than 60 per cent of the median.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a left-of-centre think-tank, accuses the Government of failing to tackle the problem of “in-work poverty”. It will be seen as a criticism of Gordon Brown’s flagship tax credits scheme and will call into question Labour’s ability to hit its target of abolishing child poverty by 2020.
But like good neoliberal market fundamentalists they insist on dismantling welfare and saying work is the only way out of poverty. Or maybe education-
A warning that state schools must brace themselves for years of austerity is due to be delivered by the Commons Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families today.
Still, even though the ideology is a zombie stumbling on one of its proponents has snuffed it, Chile visiting, Pinochet fan, Thatcher advising ‘sir’ Alan Walters (although many obits -grauniad included ahem- neglects his fascist torture loving chums and his praise for them, in fact a 6 year old book review has more than the obit). You tend to find mention in venues where such allegiances are considered a good thing- He visited Chile, where General Augusto Pinochet’s ministers had begun deregulatory reforms that Walters called “the greatest experiment in liberal economics”.
Indeed we are treated as subjects suitable for vivisection. (ht2 James)