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Child Poverty

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect of recent changes in child benefit on the number and proportion of children living in poverty by 2015.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

I have been asked to reply.

Changes to child benefit are one of a number of changes the Government have made to the tax and benefits system. These changes also include substantial increases above indexation of the child element of the child tax credit in April 2011 and April 2012. Treasury analysis shows that modelled tax and benefit reforms announced since Budget 2010 may have a small reduction in child poverty in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The Government have recently published their first Child Poverty Strategy, which covers the period 2011-14, and sets out the Government’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to realise their potential and stabilise the lives of particularly vulnerable families.

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