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Children: Poverty

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects to publish the initial results of the child poverty pilots announced in the 2007 Budget. (241458)

The child poverty pilots announced in Budget 2008 will help lift children out of poverty and, importantly, will guide the Government as they work to eradicate child poverty. The pilots will run until April 2011. They will enable local authorities, and their partners, to use resources in the way that makes sense in their locality, test out new ideas and create an evidence base to inform the strategy to develop a sustainable solution to eradicating child poverty by 2020. Evaluation is an essential part of this process and we will ensure that all key findings are published and disseminated, including lessons learnt from the pilots as they progress.