The Social Justice Annual Report 2001 and its annex, entitled "Indicators of progress: definitions, data, baselines and trends information", were both published on 26 November 2001. They provide the latest data on the range of milestones used to measure child poverty.
We are making improvements in data collection in a number of areas relating to the Social Justice Strategy. As I noted during the debate on the Social Justice Annual Report on 29 November 2001, we are not in a position to give numbers regarding children living in low income households because of technical difficulties with the Department for Work and Pensions’ Family Resources Survey data. We are investing £230,000 to double the size of the sample in Scotland and have agreed a programme to change the way they generate Scottish information, in order that we can produce more detailed income data.
A detailed description of the methodology used in calculating the low income figures is available in the Department for Work and Pensions’ annual publication Households Below Average Income. The 1999-2000 publication was published on 13 July 2001 and a copy is available from the Parliament’s Reference Centre (Bib. number 14722).