Poverty: Children

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce levels of child poverty.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

We have made substantial progress. But we are not complacent and despite the scale of the challenge, the Government's commitment to tackling child poverty is stronger than ever.

We have introduced a range of fiscal and other measures to raise family incomes and ensure poor families with children can access high quality services to support their child's development.

We have invested in public services, such as education, health care and housing which have played a key role in overcoming some of the immediate effects of growing up in poverty and provided poor children with opportunities to enhance their life chances and break cycles of deprivation. Hundreds of thousands of families have been helped by new tax credits, better public services and a renewed welfare state. Already 600,000 children have been lifted out of relative poverty since 1998-99.

In addition, Government announcements over the past two years will result in lifting around a further 500,000 children from relative poverty.

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 23 Oct 2008 6:40 pm (Report this annotation)

I think the government has done quite a lot to reduce child poverty and at the same time the opposition has voted on many occasions against the government.. I think my MP is a member of the opposition also ???

Iam Earless
Posted on 25 Oct 2008 12:07 pm (Report this annotation)

Ken as you well know Mr Davies is not a member of a political party that operates a 'whip' system and as he represents Blaenau Gwent, a highly deprived areas and has campaigned against child poverty, he supports initiative to reduce child poverty. It is good to have voices in parliament that can call this government to account and remind them of their radical roots.

Ken Brookman
Posted on 31 Oct 2008 1:46 pm (Report this annotation)

Just because he is the only MP in the party still makes it a registered party sorry.. He can support anything as much as he likes but has no power to do anything really as you well know because he is not in any real political party.

Digby Bassett
Posted on 2 Nov 2008 7:50 pm (Report this annotation)

Private finance initiative, failure to nationalise the banks, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fuel prices through the roof to profit private energy companies, local councils forced to dispose of housing stock, billions of pounds for new nuclear arms and M.R.S.A. in hospitals.
I really do hope my M.P. is in opposition.