In response to reports that the Government is considering changing the child poverty measure, Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said:
“Poverty measurements are not perfect but our research shows that money does affect children’s outcomes. Addressing the causes of poverty – low pay and productivity, housing and costs of living – is complex, but you cannot divorce a conversation about poverty from the question of low income.
“It is essential that we have a way to measure progress because we know that without action 1 in 3 children will be living in poverty by 2020. It’s time for sustained cross-party support to tackle the causes of poverty rather than allowing a debate about a new measure to stand in the way of action.”