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Anti-poverty strategies for the UK, 19/06/15 [W]

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a charity focused on social change, is putting together a strategy for tackling poverty across the UK.

The aim is to produce the first evidenced anti-poverty strategy for all age groups and each UK nation.

As part of this work, three UK think tanks were asked how they would reduce poverty:

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR): How can we tackle poverty in the long term?

IPPR argues poverty can be reduced by long-term measures such as supporting a dual earner household model, redesigning back-to-work support for disabled people, and providing access to low-cost credit and incentives to build up savings.

The New Economic Foundation (NEF): How can we address the underlying causes of poverty?

NEF argues the root causes of poverty should be tackled through universal childcare, a decent wage structure, and taxation. The financial system should be managed so it does not increase inequality.

The Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA): Can we reduce poverty by cutting the cost of living?

IEA argues reforming policies affecting the markets for housing, energy, childcare, food and ‘sin’ taxes could reduce the cost of living. Bringing down costs would, in turn, reduce welfare spending and effective marginal tax rates, increasing work incentives.

The full strategy will be published at the end of 2015.

You can find out more about the work here:  Anti-poverty strategies for the UK, or to discuss this paper further please contact Katie Schmuecker: katie.schmuecker@jrf.org.uk.