The Independent (p9) reports that the research by the Centre for Economic Performance, part of London School of Economics, found that as many as one in three children, 4.3m, are living in households with less than half the average income, compared with one in 10 in 1968.
The findings show that the increase in inequality has a direct impact on the wellbeing of children, as the spending by the poorest fifth of the population on children's clothing, fresh fruit, shoes and toys is no higher in real terms than it was 30 years ago.
The researchers also found that poverty continued through the generations. Children born in 1958 who had socially disadvantaged backgrounds were more likely to have lower earnings and had a higher risk of unemployment at the age of 33 compared with other children.
The findings show that such children are more likely to want to do a job that requires fewer qualifications and training, are less likely to ask for expensive birthday presents, and are less likely to have a part-time job than other children.
Summaries of the reports are available on LGCNet.