Priority Populations

Protecting Children in Tough Economic Times: What Can the United States Learn from Britain?

This report, authored by Jane Waldfogel, Ph.D. of Columbia University and the London School of Economics finds that following a successful, decade-long campaign to reduce child poverty by half, the United Kingdom has taken concrete steps to maintain its commitment to reduce child poverty in the midst of deficit reduction, even following a change in government. The U.K. preserved its commitment to fighting child poverty right up through the recession — through a set of income support policies that preserved and increased supports for low-income children, as well as critical investments in children in the areas of education, early learning, and development.

In contrast, the United States has largely ignored a national crisis, with 1 in 5 American children now living in poverty.