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Eradicating child poverty

Journal article | Economic Review

The eradication of child poverty is a key objective of the current government, and one they hope to achieve by 2020. Alongside this target, the government also set interim child poverty targets for 2004/05 and 2010/11. But data released last year revealed that - despite substantial progress - the 2004/05 target had been missed, meaning there is even further to go to meet future targets. This article discusses how child poverty has changed in recent years, suggests reasons why the 2004/05 target was missed, and considers the prospects for 2010/11 and 2020.

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