Polly Toynbee on Child Poverty and Coalition Policy

There are no mysteries about poverty, neither its causes nor its cures – which are more jobs, more money, more education and more Sure Start. What works has been studied by researchers for a hundred years. We know it all, and yet we grow closer in inequality to America and further from the rest of Europe. The government’s astonishing trajectory of cuts means that, according to Professors Peter Taylor-Gooby and Gerry Stoker, by 2013 public spending will be a lower proportion of GDP in Britain than in the US.

The only great mystery is how to construct a politics where people trust that remedies will work and that wealth can be more fairly shared to the benefit of all – Polly Toynbee May 2011

You cna read the full article here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/13/british-children-in-poverty-conservative-policy

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