Poverty: Disabled

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th April 2008.

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Photo of John Barrett John Barrett Shadow Minister, International Development, Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of efforts to tackle disability poverty to meeting child poverty reduction targets.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

It is not possible to isolate the effect of policies specifically designed to address poverty amongst disabled people (such as support to help disabled people into work and the disability elements of the child tax credit and working tax credit), as they are closely linked with other policies affecting the working age population (such as the tax credit system as a whole and the national minimum wage).

However, the Department's analysis has demonstrated that around half of the reduction in child poverty as measured by relative low income (300,000 children) has occurred among children living in families with a disabled adult and/or a disabled child.

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