New DWP Report: ‘Exploring poverty gaps among children in the UK’

The Department for Work & Pensions has today published a new working paper on measuring child poverty. The paper states that its purpose is to:

use poverty gap analysis to explore the depth of poverty experienced by children of low-income families in the UK. Measures set out in the Child Poverty Act and in the National Child Poverty Strategy are based on poverty headcounts, i.e. you are either below or above a certain poverty threshold…this paper supplements the headcount measures with analysis of the ‘poverty gap’ for UK children. The poverty gap measures ‘How poor are the poor’ i.e. the extent of poverty for those who are below the relative poverty threshold.”

Be warned – it’s a fairly technical paper! – but should be of interest to those working in this field.

View the report here.

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