Child Poverty Bill
Baroness Butler-Sloss (Crossbench)
My Lords, I want to add a word to what the noble Lord, Lord Freud, said. I too am somewhat concerned about the meaning of "socio-economic disadvantage", particularly because it does not appear in the interpretation in Clause 17-that is, page 10 of the Bill-where a lot of phrases are interpreted.
"Socio-economic" comes through both parts of the Bill, not only the first part. There is the UK strategy in Clause 8(2)(b), that children,
"do not experience socio-economic disadvantage".
The UK strategy in Clause 8(5) deals with matters such as financial support and the,
"development of the skills of parents ... health, education, childcare and social services, and ... housing, the built or natural environment and the promotion of social inclusion".
It worries me that it is not at all clear what "socio-economic disadvantage" means. It seems it means something to do with the deprivation of those matters under Clause 8(5). I respectfully recommend that the Minister at least considers putting in the phrase "socio-economic disadvantage" as part of the interpretation of Part 1 and possibly in Part 2. Then at least those who work with this Bill when it becomes law know what it is they have to target.