Labour’s manifesto says it will “never forget” the importance of tackling child poverty - but is not extending the 2020 target.
Today’s document stands in stark contrast to New Labour’s commitment to eradicating child poverty for good by 2020.
The 13 years presided over by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown saw a “broad-based approach” that was “significant and long-lasting”, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) concluded back in 2012.
Child poverty was cut back at a scale and pace which was simply better than any other industrial nation during that period - even if Labour missed its 2010 interim target.
That didn’t stop it sticking with the policy in its 2010 general election manifesto. It stated:
“No child should have to grow up in poverty. The current pressures on the personal finances of families make the goal of ending child poverty more urgent than ever. So we will continue to make progress towards our historic goal of ending child poverty by 2020, building on the 2010 Child Poverty Act.”Read More »from Has Labour lost its drive to tackle child poverty?