A Plan to End Child Poverty: Britain's Initiative Has Helped 700,000 Kids. Why Don't We Have a Goal, Too?

April 03, 2006 | Mark Greenberg and Jared Bernstein (EPI)

In an April 3, 2006 editorial printed in the Washington Post, CLASP's Mark Greenberg and Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute examine the "heartening bad news" out of Britain: that the number of children in poverty dropped by "only" about 17 percent (some 700,000 children) in the past five years. While that may have missed the policy goal of cutting child poverty by one-quarter, it is still an important accomplishment--and one the United States, with its 13 million poor children and rising child poverty rates, can learn from.

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