In 1999 Tony Blair pledged to end child poverty in the United Kingdom within 20 years.
There were three pillars to this pledge: (1) making work pay; (2) increasing income support to families with children whether or not parents are working; and (3) investing more in children.
Jane Waldfogel of Columbia University examines each of these pillars in a presentation to Cornell University earlier this year. She also discusses the results of these policies and the lessons for the United States.
Waldfogel’s one hour presentation is a summary of the major messages in her book Britain’s War on Poverty published by the Russell Sage Foundation.