Government recommits to UK Child Poverty targets

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Ed Balls gave a speech yesterday on child poverty before launching his Children’s Plan today in the Commons. He recommitted to the aim of halving child poverty in the UK by 2010 and eradicating it by 2020. Meanwhile, research by the Department for Work and Pensions has shown that 41% of the British public believe that there is ‘very little’ child poverty in Britain (approximately 3 million children are classified as being in poverty – roughly a third of the total). Around 52% think that there is quite a lot of poverty. Voters are also increasingly likely to blame the poor themselves.

There are a couple of articles in the Guardian about it, one on Ed Ball’s speech here, and a comment by Polly Toynbee here.

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