A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said the previous Government's approach to tackling child poverty has failed, with the UK missing its own 2010 child poverty targets.
The Government remains committed to eradicating child poverty, but we want to take a new approach by tackling the root causes, including worklessness, educational failure and family breakdown.
And our welfare reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities, with the Universal Credit simplifying the complex myriad of benefits and lifting 350,000 children and 550,000 adults out of poverty.
The statement was released after Save the Children launched its first ever British campaign concerned with child poverty.
Save the Children's historic UK campaign raises political questions about the impact of the Government's decisions on the poorest.
Save the Children launches its first campaign targeted at the UK, saying Britain's children are bearing the greatest burden of the recession