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Government's child poverty strategy condemned

The Government's new draft child poverty strategy has been branded "a serious missed opportunity" and "a list, not a strategy" by the PM's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn. The former Labour minister said there should be greater focus on low pay.

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'£50 cuts to energy bills' to tackle child poverty

Government plans to tackle child poverty may include a £50 cut to energy bills, according to reports.

Draft measurers seen by the Observer newspaper include:

  • An extension of the £135 warm home discount, which is currently available only to older people.
  • Reducing water costs by introducing a cap on bills for low-income families on a water meter with three of more children.
  • Wider eligibility for free school meals and free school transport.
  • Building more affordable housing.
  • Introducing a cap on payday lending.

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