“Won’t someone think of the children..”

On Stormont Live today Newton Emerson had some sharp criticisms to make of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s OFMDFM Committee’s report on ‘Child Poverty’ – notably the problem with setting targets based on percentiles of median adult income – in a discussion with the Committee’s Chairman, the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. For those unfamiliar with statistics here’s a detailed account of normal distribution. It’s also worth noting that, even when a government has the required tools to affect income re-distribution, alleviating poverty isn’t an easy matter. As this recent Guardian report indicates.