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19 February 2009

Child poverty targets will be missed without Government action

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West today called on Ministers to do more to tackle the underlying causes of poverty after new figures revealed the Government is set to miss its own child poverty targets.

The report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Essex University warns that the Government will miss its 2010/11child poverty target by 600,000 unless it dramatically increases spending on tax credits.

John Barrett said:

“This recession will hurt all families, especially the many that will lose jobs. With unemployment rising Labour’s emphasis on getting lone parents back to work looks ill-informed and punitive.  

“In the short-term, tackling child poverty means making sure that families on benefits are not forced to live below the poverty line. 

“In the long-term, the underlying causes of poverty must be tackled by investing in education for the most disadvantaged by introducing the pupil premium.”

John Barett MP in the House of Commons

John Barett MP in the House of Commons

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