Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count | CPAG

Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count

Published on: 
26 January 2016
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Megan Jarvie
Former London campaign co-ordinator

After some time on the back-foot, if not in headlong retreat, common sense won out last night in the latest stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill's passage through parliament.

Peers dismissed the Government's arguments and voted for an amendment which requires the Government to report to Parliament on child poverty (based on the existing measures). The Government's preferred approach of duties to report on attainment and worklessness would have meant it turning its back on the two thirds of children in poverty living in working households, and ignoring the simple fact that how much money families have has a huge influence on the life chances of children.

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