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Children: Poverty

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the Government's policy is on tackling non-financial aspects of child poverty; and if he will make a statement. (250439)

Polices on early years, education, health and communities set out in our “Children's Plan” together with those in our “New Opportunities” White Paper will help to break the cycles of inter-generational poverty for the future while ensuring that all children get the best start in life now.

For those who can, work remains the surest and most sustainable route out of poverty. Our policies on welfare reform, childcare, back to work help, skills development and in-work support will further increase parental employment and family income.

Legislation, planned for this Session, will ensure all levels of Government play their part in delivering these policies and meeting our target to eradicate child poverty by 2020.