Poverty is increasing

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.

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