That’s what relative poverty means – not a dry statistic – but whether people have what are seen as essentials in an ever-changing society. The poor child is the one whose nose is pressed up against the window of what her classmates have – no holiday to talk about – no internet connection for homework – refusing invitations to parties because her family can’t afford a present – not going on school trips – tatty uniform that stands out from the rest – not affording a swim in the leisure centre – let alone a movie.
Extensive reviews of the research show that correcting for everything else – poverty itself – lack of money – harms the life chances of children into adult life as much as a bad education.
(ed:..cameron/the british tories are doing just what key/our tories do about poverty – ignoring international measurements of poverty – and in the case of key (taking his ‘mendacity’ out for a stroll) claiming there are no measurements -and that ‘it’s all relative’ – and that (with some justification) that clark/labour did nothing – for nine long years..
..remember the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’ families..?
..was that clark/labours’ nadir..?..)