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  • Thursday, March 31, 2005

    Blair fails to meet child poverty target

    Of course, Blair & Co may wish to focus on the economy, to take the focus away from their outright failures. From the Guardian: Child poverty defies government targets

    Mr Blair promised to cut child poverty by a quarter by 2004-5 and by half by 2010, on the way to eradicating it altogether within a generation. The figures left him well short of the first target. To achieve it another 500,000 children would have to have been lifted out of poverty by today. Although the outcome will not be known until official statistics are assembled in a year's time, the prospects looked poor. Alan Johnson, the work and pensions secretary, said the government was "broadly on track" to hit the target. But the Institute for Fiscal Studies said there was "a serious danger" of missing it.
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