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SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2005 22:15 BST - BBC ONE

What Future For Kurt?

Panorama investigates whether the government can deliver its vision of ending "postcode poverty" within two decades.

Seven-year-old Kurt lives in an estate in Rowner, Hampshire, which is one of the fifth most deprived areas in the country. Next door is Alverstoke - one of the fifth least deprived. People on Kurt's estate can expect to earn less, be less healthy, get poorer grades, experience more crime, and die younger than in the neighbouring village of Alverstoke. To Kurt's parents it seems a better life is just a postcode away - and they are determined to make it.

"Its only across the road... half a mile, not even that, but it's like heaven and hell... Their nightmare is Rowner and our heaven is Alverstoke," says Mark. "They don't want what we've got, but we want what they've got."

Panorama follows Kurt's family as they try to work their way out of Rowner. They are scared that if they do not succeed Kurt will be sucked down into a whirlpool of low-level crime, drug-taking and unemployment. But first they have to work their way out of the crippling spiral of debt that threatens to imprison them there.

Even critics of the government concede it has had some success in reducing child poverty, and tax credits have helped many of the working poor. But inequality has not fallen and social mobility in Britain is still worse than in some Western countries. Can the government really free children like Kurt from the threat of postcode poverty?

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Hi,

Doesn't get mentionned very often that stats show inequality to have rsien under Tony and Gordy's UK. Wait a minute!?! Aren't they supposed to be against that kind of naughtiness?! I thought they were closet socialists. Bizarre times indeed.

Boomer

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inequality to have risen under Tony and Gordy's UK. Wait a minute!?! Aren't they supposed to be against that kind of naughtiness?! I thought they were closet socialists.

Nu Labour are about as socialist as the BNP (ie not very).

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