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Child Poverty

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 April 2011, Official Report, column 594W, on children: poverty, what progress he has made in the establishment of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission; whether its remit has changed from that set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010; and if he will make a statement.

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

As we announced in the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Strategies published on 5 April 2011, we are using the Welfare Reform Bill to make the necessary changes to the Child Poverty Act 2010 to create a Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The Bill is currently at Committee Stage in the House of Lords. The Commission will be established as soon as possible following Royal Assent.

We believe that the Commission must be an effective public body, which improves accountability and thus helps to drive progress towards the 2020 goal to eradicate child poverty. It should also assist Government in improving social mobility in the UK. We want to achieve these aims by expanding the Commission's remit to include social mobility and by giving the Commission the power to publish annual progress reports on child poverty and social mobility.

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