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How can we tackle child poverty in Northern Ireland

Horgan, Goretti and Monteith, Marina (2009) How can we tackle child poverty in Northern Ireland. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 20 pp. [Research report (external)]

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Abstract

Persistent poverty in Northern Ireland (21 per cent before housingcosts) is double that in Great Britain (9 per cent). More families thereexperience poverty at some point than in Britain.There are four main reasons for higher persistent poverty in NorthernIreland. High levels of worklessness means that 31 per cent of the working-agepopulation is not in paid work, higher than any GB region and 6 percent higher than the GB average.High rates of disability and limiting long-term illness, especially mental ill-health makes it difficult for some to be in paid employmen.Low wages: the median wage for men working full-time is 85 percent of that for British men.Poor-quality part-time jobs and obstacles to mothers working contribute to the persistence of child poverty in the region.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Keywords:child poverty; conflict; worklessness; disability
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Education
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:32399
Deposited By: Ms Goretti Horgan
Deposited On:05 Oct 2015 08:44
Last Modified:05 Oct 2015 08:44

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