Child poverty figures lack credibility

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CONCERNING the new research released by the Campaign to End Child Poverty and reported in the News Letter, it should be noted that the statistics produced lack credibility in two regards.

Firstly, the measure of poverty used (households below 60 per cent UK median income) is a measure of the distribution of income, not poverty. By this measure of poverty, if the income of all households were increased (or decreased) by an equal per cent, the level of poverty would remain unchanged.

Commonsense would disagree. Indeed if the income of the lowest 10 per cent of households were reduced by say, £20 per week, by this measure poverty would actually decrease as the median income would decrease and with it the number of households below 60 per cent of that level. This is plainly nonsense.


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