Consultation To End Child Poverty, Launched

The Government has today set out plans to make sure every child gets the best start in life by tackling child poverty, which can unfairly hold children back and prevent them reaching their full potential.

A consultation has also been launched, ahead of a Child Poverty Bill, which will enshrine in legislation the government’s promise to eradicate child poverty by 2020. It also means the government will be held to account on the success of ending child poverty.

Yvette Cooper, James Purnell and Ed Balls launched the consultation, ‘Ending Child Poverty: Making It Happen’ alongside a guarantee to fund childcare to help parents back to work.

Significant progress has also been made, between 1998/99 and 2006/07, some 600,000 children have been lifted out of relative poverty and the number of children living in absolute poverty has halved from 3.4 million to 1.7 million children.

Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families: "Every child matters and deserves a fair chance to succeed. That is why we must do everything we can to make sure children don't get held back because they grow up in poverty.

"This consultation and our radical child poverty legislation calls on everybody to play their part: we all must redouble our efforts to make sure tackling child poverty is a priority for all of us and a shared mission for our society."

The consultation calls for more accountability and higher expectations, where Government, devolved administrations, local government, charities, unions and families themselves work together to end the scourge of child poverty.


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