Poverty measure decision criticised

A leading charity has slammed the government’s rejection of
proposals to create an independent commission to establish a
poverty measure for children.

In preliminary conclusions on its consultation to measure child
poverty, the government said the consultation itself, published in
April 2002, had been a satisfactory first step.

But the Child Poverty Action Group said an independent commission
and children’s commissioner were needed as both “watchdog” and
adviser. It also criticised ministers’ rejection of a minimum
income standard for children.

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