Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Just Misses Child Poverty Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Just Misses Child Poverty Targets

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The government narrowly failed to meet its ambitious target to reduce child poverty by a quarter by 2005, but senior sources are confident that the Department for Work and Pensions will achieve its longer-term goals.

As Public Finance went to press, statisticians from the Office for National Statistics were putting the final touches to figures identifying the number of UK households with below-average incomes, due to be published by the DWP on March 9. They were expected to show that significant progress has been made in reducing child poverty - boosted by Treasury support through Child Tax Credits.

But DWP sources confirmed that they still expected to miss the target to reduce the total figure of households that fall below 60% of median income by more than 1 million (25% of the 1998/99 benchmark figure) by April 2005.

However, one added: 'We are confident that the medium-term targets to halve child poverty by 2010 and to eradicate it by 2020 can still be met. …

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