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Poverty: Children

Treasury written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the (a) 2012 autumn statement, (b) 2013 Budget and (c) 2013 spending review on the number of children living in (i) absolute poverty and (ii) relative poverty.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HM Treasury has not measured the impact of fiscal events on the narrow relative or absolute income measures of child poverty, as the Government strongly believes that looking at relative income in isolation is not a helpful measure to track progress towards the target of eradicating child poverty.

The Government has sought a wide range of views as part of a consultation on better measures of child poverty, which include income, but also wider measures to tackle the root causes of poverty, including worklessness and educational failure. The Government will respond to this consultation in due course.

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