The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 removed the requirement in the Child Poverty Act 2010 to publish a UK wide child poverty strategy. This left Government without a clear focus on tackling child poverty, with departments working in silos and a lack of clear leadership.
On 22 September 2021 the Work and Pensions Committee published Children in poverty: measurement and targets. Amongst its recommendations is that the Government must now commit to implementing a cross-departmental strategy for reducing child poverty, setting clear and measurable objectives which draw on the latest evidence.
Access the summary and the report itself here.
The Walcot Foundation’s submission is here.