Judicial review win on child poverty strategy

17 July 2012

The government acted unlawfully in its failure to establish a Child Poverty Commission to advise on its child poverty strategy, the High Court has ruled today in a successful judicial review brought by CPAG.

The judgment endorses our view that had the government produced a strategy with expert input from the Child Poverty Commission as ministers had initially promised, then some of the weaknesses in the current strategy would have been avoided.

The High Court also ruled that Government’s refusal to say what difference its child poverty strategy will have on child poverty levels is, in itself, not unlawful.