Preventing poverty to secure the future for children and families

Only by greatly strengthening the prevention of poverty can we start to achieve the wider and stable state of
social security required to provide a secure future for children and families. Yet prevention has been so neglected
that it has dropped down the list of policy priorities – or market-focused policymakers have pushed it down as
part of their rejection of planning. This paper sets out the case for preventing poverty with some specific proposals and then discusses where the money to pay for them might come from. It draws on the ‘wider aims’ of “Into the twenty-first century: the
development of social security”, one of the best reports ever produced by the International Labour Office (1984).

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