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How to fight poverty

We need to overcome the barriers keeping people out of work

By Iain Duncan Smith   December 2011

What does it mean to be poor? And, perhaps more importantly, how can someone be pulled out of poverty? For years the government has assessed poverty levels using a relative income measure, which means a household is counted as poor if it has 60 per cent of the median income.

This measure certainly has value, but it comes with a risk. If income is the problem, then throwing money at the problem can too often be seen as the only solution, with few questions asked about how that money is spent.

While some progress has been made on child poverty…

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