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Child Poverty

Date(s) - 16/05/2019 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

We hear a lot these days about children and families living in poverty. They are frequent subjects of media coverage, policy debate, and popular discussions. But the facts and figures we see can sometimes appear contradictory, and there is little agreement on what we should be doing to better understand and fight child poverty.


In this talk, Dr. Gill Main will go over some details of how we measure poverty in the UK today, how and why this has changed over time, and how different policy regimes have impacted poverty rates over the past few decades. She will discuss some of the popular narratives on child poverty in policy and in wider society, linking these to different theories of poverty and providing evidence on what kinds of narrative are most accurate and helpful. Finally, Dr. Main will talk about recent work she’s leading with The Children’s Society, the Child Poverty Action Group, and Leeds City Council, in which they have been trying to put children’s and families’ own perceptions and priorities at the heart of understanding and addressing child poverty.


Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. Talk and formal question will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards.

We charge £1 for NEH members and £2 for non-members, which covers the cost of light refreshments.

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