This document sets out our strategy to meet government targets
to eradicate poverty. In 1999 the government committed itself to
halve child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020. Whilst
significant progress has been made towards the 2010 goal, the 50%
target has not been achieved.
The current economic climate will inevitably have a negative
impact on the eradication of child and family poverty. Indeed, many
see that it will directly worsen the life chances of those children
and families currently living in poverty and directly increase the
future numbers of children and families living in poverty. Although
there are many challenges, we are making a real difference to the
outcomes for children and young people.