Family Poverty Assessed at Three Years Old

J Bradshaw, J Holmes

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Child poverty is at the heart of the UK social policy agenda. This has been the case since the Prime Minister's announcement in 1999 that it was the government's objective to eradicate child poverty over a generation - by 2020. The Millennium Cohort is the generation referred to, born the year after the announcement and living their childhood in the years that follow. There are a number of reasons why the MCS has an important contribution to make to the analysis of the prevalence and characteristics of child poverty. The children are being surveyed repeatedly over their childhood. They constitute a very large (and disproportionately stratified) sample and the questionnaire collects a lot of data which is different to the Family Resources Survey, the main vehicle for monitoring the child poverty strategy. So the Millennium Cohort Survey (MCS) enables us to advance understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of poor children, the persistence of poverty over the waves and the factors associated with movements in and out of poverty. Poverty is also a critical contextual or explanatory variable for users of the MCS who are focussed on understanding other aspects of children's development and well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Longitudinal Studies
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameCentre for Longitudinal Studies Working Paper


  • social exclusion, income, poverty
  • child well-being
  • family

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