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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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Govt figures show 2.3 million UK children in poverty

Child poverty figures released by the Government in June 2013 show:

  • In 2011/12, 2.3 million children in the UK were classed as being in poverty
  • That means 17% of children were in poverty (before housing costs)
  • After housing costs were taken into account, 3.5 million children were in poverty
  • That amounts to 27% of children in the UK

There was no percentage change from the 2010/11 figures on both scales (before and after housing costs).

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