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Ethnicity and Child Poverty under New Labour: A Research Review

  • Viet-Hai Phung (a1)

This review article explores the evidence on child poverty rates amongst different ethnic groups in the UK. The Labour Government aims to end child poverty by 2020. Its strategy rests on improving employability, making work pay and expanding childcare provision. But child poverty rates among ethnic minorities are higher than among white people, which suggests that policies to reduce these have been ineffectual. The factors underlying this differential include labour market disadvantage, insensitive mainstream services and the language barriers that may cause low take-up of services, benefits and tax credits. The article concludes by suggesting a number of policy strategies that government could take to reduce the levels of child poverty amongst ethnic minorities.

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D. Finn (2003), ‘The “Employment-First' welfare state: lessons from the New Deal for Young People’, Social Policy and Administration, 37, 7, 709–24.

W. Leggett (2005), After New Labour: Social Theory and Centre-Left Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Social Policy and Society
  • ISSN: 1474-7464
  • EISSN: 1475-3073
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