Select Committee on Work and Pensions Written Evidence

Annex A




  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.

Technical Note

  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.[524]

  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 Opportunity for all—one year on, making a difference.[525]

523 This Technical Note is presented here in its original form for reference, so some statements may be out of date. Back

524   The Department for Work and Pensions was formerly known as the Department of Social Security (DSS). Back

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