This year marks the EU year of poverty and social exclusion. There is also a real appetite among political parties to tackle UK poverty. So what better way to mark 2010 than ensuring the UK renews its commitment to eradicating child poverty?
We know that the government will fail to reach its target of halving child poverty in the UK by 2010. But what can be done to ensure that it still achieves its target of eradicating UK child poverty by 2020? Simply enshrining the pledge in law will not be enough.
These are challenging economic times, but our research suggests that allowing high levels of child poverty to continue costs the UK at least £25 billion per year.
Whatever happens in the election, if any political party is going to end child poverty it will need to seriously commit to addressing this stalled issue. Our research suggests restarting it will require a step change on four fronts:
The benefits of reducing poverty, for families, communities and the UK, make it imperative that all the parties commit to getting the drive to end child poverty back on track.
(An edited version of this blog appears in this week's Big Issue)