Thursday, March 31, 2005

Child Poverty Report

The BBC reports that the number of children living in poor households has fallen by 500,000 since 1997, according to an official report. No doubt all thanks to Gordon's very generous family tax credits. I just wonder how this "noble" cause will ever truly be achieved. The Government's stated goal is to eradicate child poverty by 2020, however, childhood poverty is not defined as an absolute level below which someone is poor but if living in a household whose income is lower than 60% of the national average. Forgive my ignorance, but as far as I can tell, there are only two ways to achieve such a goal. Either prevent the poorest families from having children - and I assume this is socially unacceptable - thereby reducing absolute numbers of poor children or find ways to prevent the national average income from increasing as any increase automatically creates more relatively poor children. Better still, reduce the national average income and fewer children are relatively poor. Is this Gordon's secret agenda when middle class incomes are being reduced year on year?

2 comments:

Jon Malcolm said...

If you think about it its the perfect way of guaranteeing funding and attention for the people who have based a career on eliminating 'poverty'. All you have to do is make up a definition that will always result in people being below some notional 'poverty line' and as if by magic you have a perpetual poverty problem to milk to your hearts content!

Snafu said...

It keeps unemployment levels down..

Another way to achieve the target is to ensure that those without children are poorer than those with children.