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Child Poverty in the UK: The Report on the 2010 Target
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Education
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Child Poverty in the UK: The Report on the 2010 Target' finds that the target set by the Child Poverty Act 2010 to reduce the number of children living in relative income poverty by half from 1998-99 to 2011-12, was not met.
Although the number of children living in relative income poverty reduced to 2.3 million, that figure is 600,000 short of the number required to meet the target.
Despite progress, not enough parents were able to move into work and progress in work. Work did not pay as well as it should, and the proportion of poor children who came from working households increased.
Not all poor families received the financial support they were entitled to because the system was complicated and unclear. The fact that the target was not met, despite significant financial transfers, demonstrates that poverty does not have easy answers.
The root causes of poverty must be tackled:
poor educational attainment;
high levels of personal debt.
The Government is setting up a new Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission to hold Government and other institutions to account on the progress to improve social mobility and reduce child poverty.
The Child Poverty Strategy will intervene early to support children and strengthen families as well as driving up educational achievement and making work pay.
|Format||Paperback||Published||15 Jun 2012|
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