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Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what definition his Department uses of relative poverty; and if he will make a statement. (205624)

The Government monitor a number of poverty indicators for different demographic groups included in “Households Below Average Income” 2005-06, published by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The definition of relative poverty underpinning the Government's objective to halve child poverty by 2010-11 uses a measure of the number of children living in households below 60 per cent. of contemporary median equivalised household income. Further details of this measure are set out in the HM Government public service agreement delivery agreement 9, October 2007.