Labour targets 2020 for removal of child poverty

Child poverty should be removed from Britain by 2020, according to targets contained in the government's 'Measuring Child Poverty' consultation.

The report includes new European figures measuring the UK's compared with the rest of Europe in recent years. It found that in 1998, the UK had the worst child poverty rate in Europe, but by 2001 had moved up several places towards the European Union average.

Last week's Pre-Budget Report increased the child tax credit, putting the current target to reduce the number of children in low-income at a quarter by 2004.

Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith said: "We've made good progress since 1997. As a result of the action we've taken on jobs and incomes, the UK is no longer blighted with Europe's worst child poverty problem. We must now strive instead to be amongst the best.

"We're on track with our pledge to reduce the number of children in low income by one-quarter by 2004. Today we propose tough indicators to ensure we continue to be held to account for the progress we make on child poverty, as we move beyond this towards our 2020 ambition of eradication."

Measures will be used as the basis for tracking progress against the long-term goals of halving child poverty by 2010 and eradicating it by 2020. Public Service Agreements on the issue will be published as part of successive spending reviews.


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