Poverty: Children

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st December 2010.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to ensure that local authorities are allocated the resources to meet their obligations under the Child Poverty Act 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

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The Government are committed to ending child poverty by 2020 and recognise the critical role of local authorities and other partners in achieving that aim. Part 2 of the Child Poverty Act 2010 introduced new duties for local partners to co-operate and carry out local child poverty needs assessments and develop joint child poverty strategies. In recognition of the potential costs of carrying out that work the Government have made an additional £9.5 million available this year to ensure local authorities have the resources to meet the local duties.

Funding will be provided for the remainder of this implementation year (2010-11) to support local authorities in England who are leading the co-operation around the duties. Payments will be distributed to all 'top-tier' local authorities via the area based grant and the first payments were made in October.

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