Child poverty in the United States would be significantly worse if programs Government assistance out of place, suggests a new report.
A study released on Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a group for low-income children, that without government support programs such as food aid, subsidies for housing and tax credits – the child poverty rate swell from 18 per cent to 33 per cent.
According to the Foundation, the study, which used the complementary measure of poverty (SPM) to track data, does a better job at measuring how government programs are benefiting Americans of low income than official index of the federal Government–a measure that was developed in the 1960′s.
As the report explains, the Government index “breaks accurately estimate the actual need” not to consider certain factors, such as different levels of cost of living through the individual States.
Also does not consider the impact of some of the initiatives of the Government greater fight against poverty, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP). Last November, SNAP registration stood at more than 46 million – slightly from the same month a year before, mainly due to an improvement of United States economy.
Because the Government does not consider factors, it could not control its success or failure, says the Foundation. If the Government cannot determine which investments are working, you can not distinguish precisely the needs of the most vulnerable Americans.
“Relying on [official measure of the federal Government] only prevents that the authorities measure the effectiveness of government programs aimed at reducing child poverty,” Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, said in a statement on the web site of the organization.”Given that child poverty costs our society an estimated $500 billion per year in lost productivity and earnings, as well as health and crime costs, the SPM is an important tool that should be used to assess progress at the State level in the fight against poverty.”