TUC says scrapping of child poverty targets is a further nail in the coffin of one-nation conservatism

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Austerity

IDSYesterday’s announcement by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that current targets and duties in the Child Poverty Act will be scrapped is a U-turn from the Prime Minister’s previous commitments, says the TUC.

In 2006 David Cameron said: “I want this message to go out loud and clear: the Conservative Party recognises, will measure and will act on relative poverty. Poverty is relative – and those who pretend otherwise are wrong.”

In 2007 David Cameron said: “We can make British poverty history, and we will make British poverty history.”

In response to the announcement, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This announcement marks the return of the ‘Nasty Party’ and is a further nail in the coffin for one-nation conservatism.

“Abandoning the child poverty targets, instead of delivering fair pay and a decent welfare safety net, is a desperate act from a government that knows its policies will push at least a million more children into poverty.

“The Child Poverty Act already includes duties on the government to take action on parenting skills, parental employment, housing, education, childcare and child health. Without the child poverty targets and duties, ministers will get away with doing nothing except watching poverty rates rise.”

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