Update: Government votes down Lords amendment to keep child poverty reporting

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UPDATE 29/2/16: Government agrees to include an amendment to publish yearly child poverty figures

Yesterday the Government voted to scrap an amendment made to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by the House of Lords, to oblige the Government to report on how many children are growing up poor.

The House of Lords voted resoundingly for an amendment which reinserted measures of poverty based on income (rather than the 'life chances' measures, including educational attainment and parental worklessness the Government prefers). 

Over 50,000 people signed a petition, led by an ordinary mum with experience of poverty, to urge the House of Lords to reject the Government's plans. They include scrapping targets to end child poverty by 2020 and renaming the Child Poverty Act, the 'Life Chances Act'. 

The Bill will now return to the House of Lords and we will be strongly advocating for the Peers to stick to their guns, and keep the amendment. Without it, the Government will take another step towards ignoring the 3.7 million children who are growing up in families without enough money to make ends meet.

Read more about the campaign, All Kids Count. Join our action network to take part in our campaigns.


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