“42% of American children live in low-income homes and about a fifth live in poverty. It gets worse. The number of children living in poverty has risen 33% since 2000… And, according to a 2007 Unicef report on child poverty, the U.S. ranked last among 24 wealthy countries. This is a national disgrace.”
“In 1994, about 30% of British children were below the country’s poverty threshold. Fifteen years later, that number has fallen to 12%. How did the British do it? It was a three-pronged attack:
1. They established a welfare-to-work program and a national minimum wage (which, at about $9, leaves ours wanting) and instituted tax reductions and credits for low-income workers. They made work more attractive, and people responded. The report said, “Lone-parent employment increased by 12 percentage points — from 45 percent to 57 percent — between 1997 and 2008.”
2. They raised child welfare benefits, especially for families with small children, whether or not the parents worked.
3. They invested directly in the lives of young children with things like doubling paid maternity leave, providing universal preschool, assisting with child care and allowing parents of young children to request flexible work schedules.
The British example shows that child poverty is not an intractable problem. If we can rise above the impulse to punish parents and focus on protecting children, we might replicate Britain’s success.
what they don’t tell you is that recently they drastically cut benefits for disabled children, a large portion of whom are already living in poverty. not to mention the recent tax cuts for the rich, the further cuts that have already left a multitude of disabled people on the verge of destitution. then there’s the granny tax, the fact that our corrupt, scumsucking excuse for a prime minister will change policy for the highest bidder… need i go on?
basically what i’m trying to say is that whilst this might be a step in the right direction, don’t use this country in it’s current state as a good example of anything. our only saving grace currently is that we’re not america - but hey, the the government is about to privatise our national health service that millions of people rely on to survive because obviously healthcare should be for the rich only..so we’re getting close, huh?