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Children: Poverty

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to his Pre-Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review Statement on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 167, when he expects the Government’s target of a 50 per cent. reduction in child poverty to be attained; (157941)

(2) on the Pre-Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 167, how many children will be lifted out of poverty in each of the years between 2008 to 2010 according to the measure proposed in his statement.

The Government remain fully committed to their ambition of halving child poverty by 2010-11 on the way to eradicating child poverty by 2020.

Building on Budget 2007 announcements that will lift 200,000 children out of poverty by 2010-11, the pre-Budget report and comprehensive spending review announced additional financial support for low income families with children, including an increase in the child element of child tax credit by £50 a year above earnings indexation by April 2010, and substantial increases in disregards for child maintenance in income-related benefits. Together these measures will lift around 100,000 additional children out of poverty by 2010-11.