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20 July 2009

Targets alone will not end child poverty

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West has warned that reducing child poverty rates will take renewed investment, not new targets.

Mr Barrett was speaking after a parliamentary debate on the proposed Child Poverty Bill which sets a national targets to end child poverty by 2020. The Bill establishes a Commission on Child Poverty that will report to Ministers on the policies needed to achieve this.

The Government are set to miss their interim target of halving child poverty by 2010.

John Barrett said:

“It is a matter of national shame that the UK has higher rates of child poverty than Romania, Latvia and Lithuania. In total, 2.9 million children in the UK live below the poverty line

“Those who think that by getting unemployed parents into jobs they can make child poverty disappear. In the reality of a recession there is a real danger that the situation will only get worse with unemployment rising, and services like affordable childcare harder and harder to find.

“We need fresh thinking and renewed focus on policy changes to help vulnerable children and particularly those with disabilities. This needs renewed commitment rather than more central government targets.”

Targets alone wont end child poverty

Targets alone wont end child poverty

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