As a compassionate nation, it's right to address the root causes of child poverty and ensure all children can enjoy happy, healthy lives.
When the government prioritises child poverty and shows leadership, significant progress can be made. We have successfully reduced child poverty before.
A child poverty strategy would make sure everyone in the government who is responsible for the wellbeing and future of our children is focused on child poverty. This means taking action to reduce child poverty, and having targets to work towards. Action should include:
- bringing in a comprehensive, universal, childcare strategy, including extended schools;
- introducing universal free school meals;
- tackling in-work poverty through decent jobs and wages and reform of universal credit.