To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time equivalent staff currently work in the Child Poverty Unit.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
16 December 2016
The Prime Minister is clear that tackling poverty and disadvantage and delivering real social reform, is a priority for this Government. The Department for Work and Pensions is leading work across Government to bring forward a social justice green paper in the New Year which will identify and address the root causes of poverty, building upon the two statutory indicators set out in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.
The Child Poverty Unit’s main function was to support Ministers in exercising their duties in relation to the income-related targets set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010 and the associated child poverty strategy. Following the repeal of those targets, responsibility for child poverty policy and analysis transferred to the Department for Work and Pensions. The Social Mobility Commission Secretariat continues to be based in the Department for Education and the Secretary of State for Education is the lead Minister for the Commission.