The Guardian (UK) 18 February 2009
A sharp increase in the number of children living in poverty who have at least one parent in work is revealed today, in a study which calls into question government efforts to lift living standards. When research was last conducted five years ago, the majority of children in poverty had parents who were unemployed. The new study shows the majority of children living in poverty now have at least one parent in work, but they are earning so little they are unable to drag their family above the poverty line.
The study, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, runs counter to the government’s message that work is the best route out of poverty. It also predicts that the government will fail to meet its much-trumpeted promise to halve child poverty by next year unless another ?4.2bn is spent on the problem.