The government is discussing a welfare reform and work bill, which would repeal the existing Child Poverty Act and Strategy, and replace it with a Life Chances Strategy. This new strategy would measure educational attainment and worklessness, but not income or levels of poverty. End Child Poverty is asking the government to keep measuring income […]
The Government has proposed to remove the current definition of poverty in the Child Poverty Act and to remove legally binding targets to reduce the number children living in low income families. By replacing them with duties to report on worklessness and poor educational attainment, the government has made the extraordinary step of no longer recognising that child poverty is, at its heart, about families not having enough money to live on.
Response to statement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about revising the measures in the End Child Poverty Act