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Poverty: Children

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to address levels of child poverty. (294931)

Changes to tax, benefits and back to work help in the last decade have lifted 500,000 children out of relative poverty and halved absolute child poverty. Had we simply adjusted 1997 measures in line with prices around 2.1 million more children might live in poverty today. Measures in and since Budget 2007 are expected to lift around a further 500,000 children out of poverty by 2010. Our Child Poverty Bill, now in Parliament, will commit Government to its eradication by 2020.