The current UK government is facing a child poverty crisis. More than a quarter of children in the UK grow up in a deprived environment.
Not only does this have serious consequences for children, it also causes problems for society. While the government is committed to eradicating child poverty by 2020, it is predicted that 700,000 more children will end up in poverty by then.
In our briefing on ending child poverty in the UK, we argue that the government should target the fundamental causes of child poverty if it is to achieve its child poverty reduction goals. Rising living costs and falling incomes should be considered. Given this, we argue that parents can contribute to the eradication of child poverty by choosing to have fewer children: this would reduce their living costs and improve their employability. The government should therefore actively promote smaller families.
Smaller families are advantageous for parents, children and society alike. Parents experience higher levels of well-being and are able to spend more quality time with their families. Children perform better in education and are more likely to be socially and financially stable. Most importantly, smaller families would offer the government the chance to create a sustainable society in which child poverty can be eradicated.