Last night’s vote on the Welfare Bill has renewed interest in Iain Duncan Smith’s plans not only to scrap current child poverty targets but for an Orwellian assault on the Child Poverty Act: renaming it as the ‘Life Chances Act’ and removing the words ‘Child Poverty’ from the name of the relevant quango.
Back in 2013, two Conservative-run departments (Education and DWP) ran a consultation on so-called “better” measurements of child poverty — Tory code for scrapping the targets.
Of the 104 respondents that expressed a view, 97 percent believed that all targets should be retained. This drops to 96 percent removing ‘Other’, leaving just the experts.
A single respondent, one of 14 think tanks, said that the Act should be changed.
Can you guess which one — and who founded it?
The Centre for Social Justice told their fellow travellers in Whitehall that the current income-based measures were “misleading … simplistic and arbitrary” before backing a raft of alternatives.