Poverty

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the new measure of poverty recommended by the Social Metrics Commission: a new measure of poverty, published in September 2018; and if she plans to adopt that new measure.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies on reducing the number of households living in poverty of the Social Metrics Commissions report, A new measure of poverty in the UK, published in September 2018.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Social Metrics Commission’s new measure of poverty, if will she undertake an assessment of the effect of all government policies on poverty in the UK.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We welcome the work that the Social Metrics Commission has done. Measuring poverty is complex, and this report offers further insight into that complexity and the additional measures that can be taken into consideration. From discussions with SMC they acknowledge that further work needs to be done (particularly around data availability and quality). We will carefully consider their recommendations and the detail behind the methodology they have employed when this has been made available.

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