The news that the number of children living in poverty has
fallen as tax credits start to take effect is undoubtedly
But while the government refuses to reduce overall income
inequality, the feelings of relative disadvantage, disaffection and
powerlessness among children and parents will persist.
And the effect that inequality has on crime, social cohesion and
education outcomes is only too well known.
The eradication of child poverty will be a wonderful thing, but
the government must also work to close the gap between the richest
and poorest families to ensure a fairer society.