The idea that in a Westernised democracy some children still face growing up in poverty is shocking. Under the Labour government child poverty figures grew in the last Parliament. Today I asked the Treasury what they were doing to help those vulnerable children.
Is it not especially important that we take action on child poverty, given the quite sharp increase in the previous Parliament? The targets were missed by about 600,000, I think, and when the previous Government left office, 4 million children were in poverty.
Chloe Smith (Economic Secretary to the Treasury)
My hon. Friend is correct: child poverty is a real problem. This Government are committed to eradicating it and to increasing social mobility. We are taking the measures to assist children that I listed in response to the previous question. I should also point out that the average household gains about £5.50 a week from the tax and benefit changes made in April this year. We are making progress and acting where we can. It is important to keep up the pressure on child poverty
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