Government must focus on reducing, not redefining child poverty

15 November 2012

After more than a decade of progress on child poverty, the Coalition is predicted by the Institue for Fiscal Studies to be putting progress into reverse with hundreds of thousands more children set to fall into both relative and absolute poverty before the next election.

We are concerned that the Coalition is seeking to redefine child poverty instead of making genuine progress at a time when cuts, stagnating wages and a crisis in affordable housing are pushing poverty up.

You can read more in our press release about the consultation, in a blog by one of our trustees for the New Statesman, the academic expert Jonathan Bradshaw, and in a blog for the Guardian's Comment is Free.

You can also hear our Chief Executive, Alison Garnham, interviewed earlier today on the BBC Today Programme on Radio 4 and on the 5Live Nicky Campbell Breakast show using the BBC iPlayer. She was also interviewed on the ITV lunchtime news, which you can view once it is available on the ITV player website.