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Child Poverty Act 2010

Government Bill

Originated in the House of Commons, Sessions 2008-09, 2009-10

Last updated: 3 November 2010 at 16:01

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Long title

A Bill to set targets relating to the eradication of child poverty, and to make other provision about child poverty.


The Bill would provide a statutory basis to the commitment made by the Government in 1999 to eradicate child poverty by 2020. Its stated purpose is to give new impetus to the Government’s commitment, and to drive action across departments. It also aims to define success in eradicating child poverty and create a framework to monitor progress at a national and local level.

Key areas

  • places a duty on the Secretary of State to meet four United Kingdom-wide poverty targets by the end of the financial year 2020
  • requires the UK Government to publish a regular UK child poverty strategy
  • requires the Scottish and Northern Irish Ministers to publish child poverty strategies
  • establishes a Child Poverty Commission to provide advice
  • requires the UK Government to publish annual progress reports
  • places new duties on local authorities and other delivery partners in England to work together to tackle child poverty.

Sponsoring departments

HM Treasury
Stephen Timms
Labour, East Ham
Department for Work and Pensions
Lord McKenzie of Luton
Labour, Life peer

Current version of the Bill

25 March 2010

Bill passage

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Final stages
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