Legislative Scrutiny: Child Poverty Bill - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents

Letter from Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

  I am pleased to inform you that the Child Poverty Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 11 June.

  The Bill aims to break the cycle of poverty for future generations by enshrining in legislation the commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020. We want to make sure this ground-breaking legislation makes ending child poverty a priority for everybody in our society.

  I am confident that this Bill will be an effective mechanism for delivering our 2020 goal and am delighted to be the Minister in charge of steering it through the House.

  I understand you have requested that a letter is sent to you on introduction, setting out the human rights issues arising from the Bill. I enclose a memorandum setting out the Government's consideration of the human rights issues relating to the Bill.

16 June 2009

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