The Government’s strategy to reduce child poverty was set out in the ‘Child Poverty Review’, published in July 2004. It consists of:
financial support for families, with more support for those who need it most, when they need it most;
work for those who can, helping parents participate in the labour market;
tackling material deprivation;
delivering high quality public services that improve children’s life chances.
Across the UK, these measures have helped 700,000 children out of poverty, since 1998-99. Tax credits are benefiting more than 420,000 families in the West Midlands region, and in Coventry South claimant unemployment has fallen by over 30 per cent. since 1997.