2010 Child Poverty Act targets abandoned in the UK

August 12, 2015

UTI1584603_r620x349The UK government announced on 1 July 2015 that it will no longer use indicators of income and material deprivation to measure child poverty. Instead it will track other indicators of what it calls “root causes” of child poverty to underpin a strategy to improve children’s life chances. These include worklessness, educational attainment and family breakdowns as well as other indicators still to be developed. The targets to eliminate child poverty by 2020 enshrined in the 2010 Child Poverty Act will consequently be abandoned.