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Reducing Child Poverty: Transferable Themes from the United Kingdom

Poverty & Family Economics

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Date/Time
03/15/2016
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location
B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

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First Focus and InclusionUS, in conjunction with the Congressional Tri-Caucus, held this briefing on transferable themes from the United Kingdom in reducing child poverty.

Children continue to disproportionately experience poverty in the United States. In 2014, over 21 percent of children were living below the poverty line, and this rate is significantly higher for all children of color.

We need a national commitment in the United States to cut the child poverty rate and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. We should look to the example of the United Kingdom, which established a national child poverty target and then implemented a mixture of policies including investments for children, measures to make work pay, and efforts to increase financial support for families.

As a result, the British cut their child poverty rate in half within a decade (2000-2010). By contrast during this time, the U.S. child poverty rate increased by over 20 percent, from 16.2 percent in 2000 to 21.1 percent in 2014.

Please join us for a discussion with British Labour Member of Parliament and Shadow Spokesperson for Women and Equalities, Kate Green about history of the target, the policy reforms undertaken to meet this goal, and transferable themes for the United States.

Commentators will include:
Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus (Download Bruce Lesley’s presentation)
Natalie Branosky, Chief Executive, InclusionUS

Learn more at our Child Poverty Target Resource Center