Between 1998-99 and 2007-08, some 500,000 children were lifted out of relative poverty as measured using the EU standard definition based on 60 per cent. of median income. Measures announced in and since Budget 2007 are expected to lift around a further 550,000 children out of poverty. Absolute poverty has been halved.
The information as requested is not available for 1997. The available information for 2005 and the latest year for which figures are available have been placed in the Library.