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Children: Poverty

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 9739, tabled on 9 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the targets for eradicating child poverty set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010 will be achieved.

Answered on

15 September 2015

This Government is committed to working to eliminate child poverty and improving life chances.

The approach up until now has focused on dealing with the symptoms of child poverty and not the root causes. This Government is setting out a more effective way of driving action by introducing legislation that will remove the targets in the Act and instead bring in a statutory duty to report on measures of worklessness and educational attainment.

These new life chances measures will drive real action which will make the biggest difference to disadvantaged children.