Child poverty: political consensus or electoral battleground?

Issue 135 (Winter 2010)

There is now a political consensus now exists that high levels of child poverty in the UK are unacceptable. However, while all three parties support the Child Poverty Bill and its commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020, differences of interpretation and approach are emerging about the causes of poverty and how best to reduce it. In this article, Jamie Reed MP for Labour, Andrew Selous MP for the Conservatives and Steve Webb MP for the Liberal Democrats analyse the issues and outline the policies their parties will be pursuing.