Hilary Fisher, Director, End Child Poverty Campaign, said today:
“The Government is continuing to show its bold commitment to maintaining the target to eradicate child poverty, which is welcome, as is the child maintenance disregard.
“But there is real concern at the proposed increases in conditionality. What people vitally need are decent, sustainable jobs and an increase in the minimum wage.
“To reach the target of halving child poverty by 2010 the Government must invest the much-needed additional £3 billion in tax credits and benefits. Until it can do that, millions of children will continue to face a bleak future.”
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Notes to editors
· The Campaign to End Child Poverty is a coalition of more than 110 organisations working to eradicate child poverty in the UK. It is formed from children's and other charities, social justice groups, faith-groups, trade unions and others concerned about the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK. For more information, visit www.endchildpoverty.org.uk
· The comments in this release represent the views of the Campaign to End Child Poverty and do not necessarily reflect the views of member organisations.