Moving goalposts won't improve conditions for children on the breadline', says TUC

Published on Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:58
Posted by Scott Buckler

Responding to the announcement by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith today that the government plans to change the way child poverty is measured - just as new figures show the target of halving the number of children in poverty by 2010 has been missed - TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said

'Today's figures show that the last government's investments made a huge difference to reducing child and pensioner poverty.

'However, there is a real danger that the vital headway the last government made into getting children out of poverty will now go into reverse. Moving the goalposts on what constitutes poverty won't help improve conditions for children living below the breadline. Spending on tax credits and benefits took children out of poverty now government cuts are sending them straight back.

'The current definition of poverty already includes many extra items, and it is simply foolish to say money isn't important for poor people. Instead of changing the poverty indicators the government needs to tackle the problem, and do something about the spiralling economic and social costs of the increased poverty its policies look set to cause.'

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