Tough on Poverty, Tough on Causes of Poverty

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Conservative leader David Cameron promised yesterday to get tough on the causes of poverty, as he set out his plans to end what he dubbed a "moral disgrace".

While Labour had relied on the "clunking mechanisms of the state", a Tory government would also target unemployment, education and family breakdown, he said.

And he called for a massive boost in the involvement of the social and charity sectors in battling to raise standards of living for the worst off.

Mr Cameron was speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Scarman Report -which identified poverty as a principal cause of the Brixton riots.

"I believe that poverty is an economic waste and a moral disgrace," he said.

Poverty should not be measured in absolute terms, but relative: "the fact that some people lack those things which others in society take for granted," he said.

"So I want this message to go out loud and clear: the Conservative Party recognises, will measure and will act on relative poverty."

There was a "crucial difference" between his party's approach and that of Labour, he said. …