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Child Poverty Strategy

The Child Poverty Act 2010 requires the government to put in place a strategy to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

In April 2011 the government’s Child Poverty Strategy 'A New Approach to Child Poverty: Tackling the Causes of Disadvantage and Transforming Families’ Lives' was published.

This builds on recommendations made in the reviews undertaken by Frank Field MP and Graham Allen MP as well as responses to public consultations. It sets out Government's aims and aspirations in breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty by tackling the route causes.

The strategy commits to using indicators that will measure and monitor the progress made in eradicating poverty over the next three years. Its core principles are to strengthen families, encourage responsibility, promote work, guarantee fairness and support the most vulnerable children and their families.

This strategy requires Local Authorities across England and Wales to carry out a child poverty needs assessment and produce a local strategy of how they will eradicate child poverty by 2020 in their area.

CWDCs poverty and disadvantage web pages can support Local Authorities in implementing their strategies:

Page updated: 23 September 2011

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