Child Poverty Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 22nd October 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 12:00 pm, 22nd October 2009

Can I stop you there? What you said was very useful; thank you very much for that. In America, as far as I am aware, there are poverty standards based along the lines that you are talking about, on what a nutritious diet costs for a family and multiply that for different levels of family. I think they worked out that families spend a third of their income on food, so they multiplied it by three to get levels of income on which they judged people in poverty. Is that the type of idea that you are talking about?