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Children: Poverty

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to tackle child poverty in (a) Eltham, (b) the London borough of Greenwich and (c) London. (126700)

Our child poverty strategy has achieved success nationally through making work pay and tax credits. Between 1998-99 and 2004-05, the number of children in relative low income fell by 700,000.

We have introduced the city strategy, which should play a significant role in increasing local employment rates, ensuring those most disadvantaged in the labour market can receive the help and guidance they need, delivered flexibly on a joined up, local basis. Two of the initial 15 city strategy pathfinder areas are in London. The East and South East London pathfinder, covering the five host boroughs (including Greenwich) for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, has highlighted the level of child poverty in the area as one of its key challenges.

The New Deal Plus for Lone Parents pilots started in April 2005 in five Jobcentre Plus districts, one of which includes Greenwich. We are testing a comprehensive package of measures based on New Deal for Lone Parents and an existing core set of pilots.