Government’s proposed child poverty unit must focus on London
29 October 2007
Welcoming Peter Hain’s announcement of plans to establish a dedicated government Child Poverty Unit, Chair of the London Child Poverty Commission Carey Oppenheim said:
“The government’s plan to establish a dedicated Child Poverty Unit is welcome news for all of us working to eradicate child poverty. The new Unit should help bring about a more co-ordinated approach from government, and provide better support for agencies who share the government’s commitment to tackle this problem.
“If the government really wants to make a difference, the new Unit must address the severity of child poverty in London - and provide increased investment to help us meet the target to halve child poverty by 2010. The capital has the highest rate of child poverty in the country and it is here that a co-ordinated and focused approach can really make a difference.”
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Peter Hain, is due to announce the plans for a dedicated Child Poverty Unit today, Monday 29 October.
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