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Children in poverty: measurements and targets examined

25 May 2021

The Work and Pensions Committee continues its inquiry into children in poverty with a session examining definitions and statistics, the underlying causes of child poverty and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Wednesday 26 May

At 9.30am

Panel 1

  • Baroness Philippa Stroud, Chair, Social Metrics Commission
  • Mike Brewer, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation
  • Robert Joyce, Deputy Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation, Office for Statistics Regulation

Panel 2

  • Anne Longfield, Campaigner for children and Children’s Commissioner for England 2015 – 2021
  • Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland

The first part of the session focuses on issues around how child poverty can best be measured, trends in the rate and the arguments around setting a target for reducing it.

The second part of the session focuses on the main causes of child poverty, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the response of DWP and how the Department works with others to tackle the problem.

Further information

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