The social security system has lost its way and is no longer a
safety net for people living in poverty, says a report from the
Child Poverty Action Group.
One in four people in 1992-3 was living in poverty as opposed to
one in seven in 1979.
The CPAG calls for new principles to underpin the social
security system: adequate benefits; individual autonomy; equal
access; clear rights to benefits; simplicity and flexibility.
It says the system must cater for the whole of society, not just
those living in poverty.
· From CPAG, 1-5 Bath Street, London EC1V 9PV.