Wednesday's child: poverty and inequality
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Despite the advances in standards of living, health and longevity, many people are still blighted by poverty, and inequality remains entrenched. Research shows that over one third of UK children experience poverty at some point during their early years, and many low-income households risk falling back into poverty over time. Meanwhile, the income gap between the poorest and the richest is still widening. Pledges to end poverty remain unfulfilled - but research can help us understand the nature of poverty, better ways of measuring it and the best policies to counter it.