It’s encouraging to see the Government set out its approach for measuring life chances, as well as its welcome focus on trying to deliver a more socially just country.
“But we know measuring family instability, addiction and debt is not a cure for the millions of people who experience poverty. Just this week we heard from the ONS almost a third of the UK population experienced poverty at least once in a three-year period, while almost four million are stuck in persistent poverty.
“The building blocks for an all-out assault of poverty begin in early childhood, carry on throughout working life and ensure people are free of poverty in retirement. This involves a comprehensive plan to ensure people have the opportunity to find a job and a home that provides economic security.”