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Children: Poverty

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 11 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What further steps they propose to take to meet the target of reducing child poverty by 50 per cent by 2010. [HL2257]

Since 1998-99, the Government have halted the rising trend of child poverty and 600,000 children have been lifted out of relative low-income; up to a further 300,000 will be lifted out of poverty as a result of last year's CSR and budget.

Work is the best route out of poverty. The Government are supporting families to escape poverty by increasing employment and raising incomes for those who can work.

Since 1997, the Government have radically reformed the system of financial support for families, and by April 2009, families with children will be on average £1,800 a year better off in real terms as a result of the Government's reforms to the personal tax and benefit system. Families with children in the poorest fifth of the population will be on average £4,000 a year better off in real terms.

We are discussing changes to improve the lives of families with children; improving parents' access to training in and out of work and helping lone parents with older children prepare for and actively seek work. And, through last year's Budget and the Children's Plan, we are setting out further policies and measures to improve children's life chances and investing in improving services for children.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the additional resources required to meet the child poverty target of reducing child poverty by 50 per cent by 2010. [HL2258]

There are no specific estimates available on the amount of additional resources that would be required to meet the child poverty target of reducing child poverty by 50 per cent by 2010.