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The Department for Work and Pensions and Department for
Education are running a consultation measuring child poverty. The
aim is to develop better measures of child poverty which include
income, but provide a more accurate picture of the reality of child
poverty today. This consultation asks how the UK can best reflect
the reality of child poverty using a multidimensional measure.
A number of potential dimensions are proposed: income and
material deprivation, worklessness, unmanageable debt, poor
housing, parental skill level, access to quality education,
parental health and family stability.
The departments would welcome views on the specifics of each
dimension, as well as whether we should include other
The Child Poverty Act 2010 targets and measures apply across the
United Kingdom. Any better measures of child poverty would also
the United Kingdom. However the departments running the
consultation recognise that some of the important policy levers
needed to reduce poverty are the responsibility of the devolved governments.
The devolved governments are key partners in tackling the root
causes of poverty and have each published strategies to achieve
this. The Government will continue to work closely with them to
reduce child poverty across all parts of the United Kingdom.”
Date of publication: 16 November 2012
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