Poverty: Children

Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 23 May 2011.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he plans to ensure that a focus on the eradication of child poverty is maintained in implementing his proposal to replace the Child Poverty Commission with a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Government remain committed to eradicating child poverty. The Child Poverty Strategy, published on 5 April, sets out the broad range of policies which are being implemented to ensure that disadvantaged families have the help they need to lift themselves out of poverty and that children from poorer backgrounds have the same opportunities as other children to achieve their full potential as they grow up. The strategy also announces our intention to create a stronger Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission with a broader remit.

Broadening the remit of the commission will not reduce the focus on child poverty. Rather, it will ensure that poverty is considered in the context of improving life chances and reducing the intergenerational transfer of poverty. Improving life chances and increasing social mobility are absolutely necessary if we are to have a sustainable impact on child poverty and it is right that there should be an explicit requirement for the commission to consider these issues.

The changes to the commission are also intended to improve the ability of the commission to hold the Government to account. We are giving the commission a duty to publish independent annual reports assessing progress towards meeting the child poverty targets and implementing the Child Poverty Strategy. We believe that this regular independent assessment will drive progress towards our goals. It also represents a clear commitment from Government to ensure that the issue of child poverty remains high on the agenda.

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