2010 is a vital year for children in poverty.
There is an urgent opportunity to ensure the Government keeps to its strategy and interim targets for the eradication of child poverty by 2020.
So over 150 children’s charities, child welfare organisations, social justice groups, faith groups, trade unions and others are working together as the Campaign to End Child Poverty to ensure that the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK are reduced.
The Government has made a promise to halve child poverty by 2010 and eradicate it by 2020. With your support, we can ensure that they keep this promise of a generation.
In order to halve child poverty by 2010, the Government needs to improve benefits and child tax credits, in addition to providing better housing. To achieve this, the Government must take the following actions:
Ensure adequate incomes for families - by the end of 2010, the Government needs to spend £4 billion on benefits and child tax credits.
Ensure an adequate home for every child - by the end of 2010, the Government needs to ensure that 20,000 additional social rented homes per year have been built to lift 154,000 children out of bad housing.
In order for child poverty to be eradicated by 2020, the Government needs to redistribute more to the poorest families and invest more in the services that support them. To achieve this, the Government must take the following actions to secure decent work for all and a good education for every child: