This is the government’s first national Child Poverty Strategy, setting out a new approach to tackling poverty for this Parliament and up to 2020. At its heart are strengthening families, encouraging responsibility, promoting work, guaranteeing fairness and providing support to the most vulnerable.
It is set against the backdrop of the Child Poverty Act 2010, which established income targets for 2020 and a duty to minimise socio-economic disadvantage. This strategy meets the requirement to set out the proposed measures to make progress between 2011 and 2014. It is also set against the backdrop of a spending review that placed a very high priority on improving the life chances of children and the protection of vulnerable families, while also making crucial progress in reducing the nation’s fiscal deficit.
The following strategy has been put together across government and covers the period 2011 to 2014, capturing the breadth of flagship policies and reform programmes put in place to tackle poverty.