Six steps for the new government
Newly re-elected, David Cameron has appointed his cabinet to lead the 2015 government. But what will he, and his ministers, do to turn back a rising tide of child poverty?
In addition to the Prime Minister himself, George Osborne and Iain Duncan-Smith will be back in their pre-election roles of Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Greg Hands has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The other Department for Work and Pensions ministers are:
Priti Patel - Minister of State for Work
Ros Altman - Minister of State for Pensions
Lord Freud - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform
Justin Tomlinson - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People
Ed Timpson - Minister for Children and Families, Department of Education
Before the election, we published our Programme for Government 2015-2020. This sets out six steps we think the government will need to take to tackle child poverty. We'll be taking every opportunity to press the government to take real action to:
- Commit to making child poverty a national priority
- Develop, fund and implement a long-term plan to end child poverty
- Back working parents by helping them bring home a decent income & strengthening universal credit
- Reduce the demand for foodbanks by ending costly delays and poor decision-making in the benefits system
- Protect families from rising living costs by restoring the value of children’s benefits and protecting them with a triple lock, and poverty-proofing the school day
- Develop and fund an ambitious childcare strategy
You can read our full Programme for Government here.