Ministers publish new child poverty strategy consultation

27 February 2014

After a long wait, the government's consultation on a new child poverty strategy for 2014-2017 has arrived amid internal government squabbles on what the targets should be.

CPAG's initial reaction is that it amounts to little more than listing current polices and lacks the ambition needed to reverse current failures. Progress reducing child poverty has stagnated, and already gone into reverse on some of the official measures. Experts like the Institue for Fiscal Studies warn that we are on the brink of a surge in child poverty rates. We can't see the current proposals doing much to prevent it.

Alison Garnham, CPAG's Chief Executive has called for much more ambitious action on core areas like living wages and affordable housing. She said:

"Parents want secure jobs, living wages, fair rents and affordable childcare. This should not be too much to ask in one of the world’s richest economies, yet these things remain out of reach for millions of families. The draft strategy is weak in these essential areas."

To see her full reaction, read our press release.