300,000 children 'no longer in poverty'

Iain Duncan Smith will use the example that, according to latest figures, 300,000 children have been moved out of relative poverty on the current measure.

300,000 children are no longer in poverty, says Iain Duncan Smith Credit: REUTERS

But that was due to the median income nationally falling rather than to any improvement in circumstances for those children.

He will say: "For the 300,000 children no longer in poverty according to the official statistics, life was no different".

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New child poverty measures

Iain Duncan Smith will seek to reassure critics that he is committed to ending child poverty but insist that "meaningful and accurate" measures must replace "arbitrary" household income targets.