UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Ministers have run out of ideas on child poverty says Webb

Press Release   •   Jan 26, 2010 09:57 GMT

“The Liberal Democrats will invest more in education to give every child a fair start and break the link between poverty and low grades," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

Commenting on today’s report by the New Policy Institute showing an increase in the number of children living in severe poverty since 2004/05, Steve Webb said:

“Labour has failed to tackle child poverty with its complicated tax and benefit tricks. Ministers have run out of ideas.

“The Liberal Democrats will invest more in education to give every child a fair start and break the link between poverty and low grades.

“There are gaping holes in the Tories’ policies on poverty. Their mishmash of tax cuts for millionaires and tax bribes for marriage would do nothing to tackle severe poverty when most of these families are not even in work, let alone in a position to inherit more than £1m from their relatives.”