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Children: Poverty

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what initiatives they propose to realise the target of reducing the level of child poverty by half by 2010; and what initiatives have been successful in the past 10 years in reducing child poverty. [HL3590]

Since 1998-99, 500,000 children have been lifted out of relative poverty and the number of children in absolute poverty has halved from 3.4 million to 1.7 million. Government measures announced since Budget 2007 will lift around a further 500,000 children from relative poverty.

The causes and consequences of child poverty are multiple and complex. Tackling child poverty requires a holistic, sustainable strategy: work that pays; responsive financial support; improvements in children's life chances; and safe, cohesive communities.