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Social Exclusion

Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the effect of financial hardship upon social exclusion. (105032)

A strong and stable economy and our commitment to eradicate child poverty helped ensure that the proportion of low-income families experiencing severe hardship fell by half between 1999 and 2002, from 36 per cent. to 17 per cent.