Government abolishes child poverty target

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3643
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The UK government has abolished its current target for assessing child poverty, a measure of material disadvantage that is based on family income, and is replacing it with a range of measures to track the life chances of disadvantaged children.

In March 1999 the then prime minister Tony Blair committed to halving child poverty by 2010 and eradicating it by 2020. Child poverty was assessed as the proportion of family households with an income below 60% of median income, which is the measure used by the European …

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