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Poverty twice as likely to persist across generations, shows new research

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A conference at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation publication by LSE researchers Jo Blanden| and Steve Gibbons| will demonstrate clearly the strong link between childhood poverty and its continuing persistence across adulthood.

This is the first time that nationally representative research has revealed how people who grew up poor suffer continued poverty into middle age, and how this trend is worsening. While children in poverty are currently the focus of so much attention, this report examines the experiences of today's adults to assess the impact of not tackling childhood poverty.

The research reveals how the increased likelihood of poverty in their early 30s for poor teenagers compared to non-poor teenagers in the 1980s was twice as strong as it was for those from the 1970s. It also shows how the impact of being poor as teenagers continues to affect individuals as they grow into middle age.

The report shows that ending income poverty will not address the problem of persistent poverty alone. Report author Jo Blanden said: 'Our research shows that there is no quick fix to ending these enduring patterns of poverty across generations. It highlights the importance of the policy agenda to reduce child poverty and disadvantage but also shows that this cannot be done through income transfers alone.'

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Contact: Nasreen Memon, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Media Relations, tel: 020 7278 9665, email: nasreen.memon@jrf.org.uk|

Notes:

  • The Persistence of Poverty Across Generations by Jo Blanden and Steve Gibbons is available to download at www.jrf.org.uk
  • The conference, Poverty over the lifecycle, takes place at LSE on Tuesday 25 April (2.30-6.30pm). For more details, call 020 7955 7285.
  • Jo Blanden and Steve Gibbons are available for interview.

Press cuttings

Firstrung, UK -
Poverty twice as likely to persist across generations, shows new JRF research (27 Apr 06)
Poverty twice as likely to persist across generations, shows new JRF (Joseph Rowntree) research. A conference at LSE and a new JRF publication will demonstrate clearly the strong link between childhood poverty and its continuing persistence across adulthood. Comments from Jo Blanden, LSE and one of the authors of the report.

Metro, London
Poor teens likely to be poor adults (26 Apr 06)
New research reveals that poor children are likely to be poor adults. London School of Economics researchers Jo Blanden and Steve Gibbons concluded that schemes to improve skills and employment opportunities were the only way to solve this problem. 

Easier Financial News
Poverty twice as likely to persist across generations (25 Apr 06)

Community Newswire
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BBC Online
Young 'face risk of poverty trap' (25 Apr 06)
Poverty in teenage years has had an increasing effect in keeping people poor when they get to middle age, research has suggested. Report by Jo Blanden, CEP, for the Joseph Rowntree Trust. 

25 April 2006

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