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Children: Poverty

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in the pilot projects designed to test new and innovative approaches to tackling child poverty; and if he will make a statement. (246999)

Steady progress is being made. Two projects—tax credit advisers in job centres and the family intervention projects—are already operational and another, the Work Focused Services pilot, is planned to go live at the end of the month.

We are currently considering the next tranche of pilot projects and we will be announcing the successful applicants shortly.