SPENDING REVIEW 2000
REVIEW 2000 PUBLIC
Make substantial progress towards eradicating
child poverty by reducing the number of children in poverty by
at least a quarter by 2004. Joint target with HM Treasury.
This target will be monitored by reference to
the number of children in low-income households by 2004. Low-income
households are defined as households with income below 60% of
median, as reported in the annual Households Below Average
Income (HBAI) statistics published by the DSS.
HBAI statistics cover Great Britain. Progress
will be reported against the 1998-99 baseline figures and methodology.
The baseline is 4.2 million children in low-income households
after housing costs and 3.1 million before housing costs.
The definition outlined above is one of a suite
of indicators used when looking at low incomes. HBAI also looks
at the number of children in low-income households in both absolute
and persistent terms.
Reducing the number of children in low-income
households by 2004 is just one of the targets the Government has
set to ensure it is on track to eradicate child poverty within
20 years. Further targets, including worklessness, quality of
housing, education and health are set out in the Government Report
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