Persistent poverty jumps generation gap

The event, which is to be held at the London School of Economics, will be the first time that researchers reveal the correlation between growing up poor and suffering from debt and poverty in middle age.

As the trend is worsening, the conference will look at the experiences of adults today that are poor, and have come from a poor background, to see what the best methods of tackling childhood poverty are.

Jo Blande of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and author of a report demonstrating the link, said that there was no “quick fix” for the problem of “enduring patterns of poverty across generations”.

She went on to say that the conference would highlight “the importance of the policy agenda to reduce child poverty and disadvantage” but that it would also show that this could not be achieved “through income transfer alone”.