The whole dissertation is based on Child poverty, with discussion of a recent social policy, called the two-child tax limit.
From the onset, it was identified this dissertation would be exploratory in nature and would not seek to explain and answer the ‘whys’ of child poverty on children and wider society, as there were multiple studies and research papers dedicated to this cause. Instead, the motivation of this dissertation has two aims, to review what the government have done over the past five years in tackling child poverty, and to truly explore if they said they would do what they did. The second aim is to make sense of all the data available to truly get a picture of Child poverty in the UK, there are multiple statistics that contradict each other, for example, the government’s view is that child poverty is decreasing, whilst charities and other organisations insist that this new policy will result in those numbers going up- (The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%- Institute for Fiascal Studies, “Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017-18 to 2021-22,” November 2, 2017 ifs.org.uk/publications/10028).
The government also indicate that the best way out of poverty is through work, however multiple research articles and real-life case studies, indicate this is not the case, and in work poverty is becoming more common.