This highlights that looking at income in isolation does not reflect the reality of living in poverty. It can drive Government to perverse decisions which focus on ‘ poverty plus a pound ’ rather than investing in areas that can make transformative change.
PlenaryRuth ShinodaHead of Child Poverty Unit,Department for Education
Measuring Child Poverty:A consultation on better measures of child poverty 3
LaunchOn 15th November2012, Iain DuncanSmith and David Lawslaunched theconsultation.It will run until 15thFebruary 2013. 4
The Consultation Document Why we need a new measure- the most recent childpoverty figures showed that300,000 fewer children werein relative income povertybetween 2009-10 and 2010-11.- however, this was largelydue to a fall in medianincome nationally which Absolute poverty remained un-pushed the relative poverty changed and for these 300,000line down. children, life remained the same. 5
The Consultation continues…..Until 15th February 2013.If you or your organisation wish to respond individually, or if you have further thoughts or ideas, please contact us by:Email:Measure.firstname.lastname@example.orgPost:Children, Young People & Families Directorate TeamDepartment for Education, Area 1C, Castle View HouseEast LaneRUNCORNCheshire WA7 2GJTo contribute, go to:https://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/consultations/a00 216896/measuring-child-poverty 6