The government's plan to end child poverty has been questioned
by the Family Policy Studies Centre.
While it welcomes the government's anti-poverty strategy the
charity says that the problem remains significant by post-war and
European standards. In the industrialised world only Russia and the
US have higher rates of child poverty.
Almost 20 per cent of children from low income households live
within families where neither parent works.
The number of children living in low income households has
trebled in the last three decades, the centre says.
Its research found that Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are the
poorest groups in Britain, with 60 per cent living in households
with less than half the average income.
Ceridwen Roberts, director of the charity, said: "Many poor
children become poor adults and pass on poverty to their own
children. It is crucial that the government gets the right policies
to tackle the cycle of disadvantage so that resources are targeted
at poor families."
Family Poverty and Social Exclusion from 020 7388 5900 or www.fpsc.org.uk