Government To Ditch Or Amend Child Poverty Act To Create ‘Better Measure’ Of Poor Families

The Government is to change the definition of child poverty by either repealing or amending legislation brought in by Labour, Whitehall sources have told The Huffington Post UK.

The two options being considered for the Child Poverty Act, introduced in the dying days of the last Labour government, come after David Cameron signalled in a speech on Monday the measure of how many children are deemed to be poor is distorts the true picture.

Work on changing the definition comes ahead of new figures to be published tomorrow that are likely to show the first increase in the number of children living in poor households in a decade.

A Whitehall source today said the Act could be ditched and replaced with a new law, or adjusted, to resolve the problem as the Conservatives see it, which was discussed at Cabinet yesterday.