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Children: Poverty

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what his responsibilities are in relation to the Joint Child Poverty Unit; and what arrangements are in place for liaison with other Departments on the work of the Unit. (178425)

The Child Poverty Unit brings together officials from both the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. It will report to Ministers in both Departments and to a child poverty board comprised of senior officials from across Whitehall. At ministerial level, this board will report to the Cabinet Committee on Domestic Affairs (Families, Children and Young People).

The Unit will play a lead co-ordinating role, as the Government pursue their multi faceted child poverty strategy which includes transport, health and regeneration as well as employment, skills and the tax and benefit system, on the way towards making our ambitious but vital goal of eradicating child poverty by 2020 a reality.

The Unit works closely with the Treasury, who are the lead Department for the 2010 child poverty target delivery agreement, with officials from the Unit and Treasury in regular dialogue.

The Unit is also currently setting up working groups with officials across a number of Government Departments and local government offices.