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Child Disability 'Is Linked to Poverty'

Magazine article Public Finance

Child Disability 'Is Linked to Poverty'

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Benefits need to be made available for all disabled children and taken up by more families if the government is to eradicate child poverty by 2020, a leading thinktank has warned.

The Institute for Public Policy Research this week highlighted a 'two-way relationship' between poverty and disability among British children - almost one third of households with disabled children live in poverty.

According to the IPPRs report, Disability 2020, published on March 19,29% of households with one or more disabled children live in poverty, compared with 21% of households with no disabled children.

It also noted that if disability were to continue to increase at the rate it has done since 1975, more than 1.25 million children would be affected by 2029.

Kate Stanley, IPPR associate director and one of the report's authors, said: 'There is a two-way relationship between disability and poverty in childhood.

'Disabled children are among the most likely to experience poverty and poor children are more likely to become disabled than those who are better off. There needs to be a transformation in the quality and accessibility of services for disabled children, young people and their families'

The Child Poverty Action Group said the IPPRs findings supported many of its own conclusions that many families were not receiving the benefits they were entitled to. …

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