UK strategy to tackle poverty is failing

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released a report saying that the UK government’s strategy to halve the number of children in poverty in 10 years and to eradicate it in 20 years has ‘lost momentum’ and is in need of ‘urgent reform’. The total number of children in poverty has fallen by 600,000 since Blair launched the campaign in 1999, but the government is still 500,000 short of reaching its target. In fact, there was an increase of 200,000 in 2005/6 if housing costs are taken into account.

There’s a BBC report on it here.

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