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A new study has revealed that the number of children living in poverty has increased dramatically in the past 30 ye...
A new study has revealed that the number of children living in poverty has increased dramatically in the past 30 years.

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.

Meanwhile, another two reports by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, show that successive generations of children are learning to be poor. It reveals that children growing up in low-income families learn from an early age to limit their expectations of what their parents can afford, leading them to reduce their aspirations for the future.

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.

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