Department for Education: ‘Child Poverty in the UK. The report on the 2010 target’

‘Child Poverty in the UK: The report on the 2010 target’ was  published on 14 June 2012 by the Department for Education.

The report fulfils the government’s legal obligation within the Child Poverty Act 2010 to report the 2010-11 relative income child poverty figures.

As required by section 1(1) of the Child Poverty Act 2010, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has laid a report on whether or not the previous Government’s target to halve child poverty by 2010 was met.

The target to halve child poverty by 2010 was not met. The number of children living in relative income poverty in 2010/11 was reduced to 2.3 million. This is 600,000 short of the number required to meet the target.

‘Helping families thrive – Lessons learned from the child poverty pilot programme’ was also published on 14 June by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This guide looks at ways of supporting families away from the causes and consequences of disadvantage and poverty. It suggests how local authorities and their partners, including the voluntary and community sectors, can work together effectively to achieve better outcomes for families.

Click here for link to report

Click here for Child Poverty Action Group press release

Click here for article in The Guardian (15 June 2012)

Click here for DWP guide (PDF)