Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, today spoke at the Child Poverty Action Group’s Annual Conference in Westminster.  Mr Timms, who took the Child Poverty Act 2010 through Parliament as a Minister, said that the progress made by the last Government in reducing child poverty was a substantial and important achievement.  But – according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies – almost all the improvement will be lost by 2020 if the Coalition maintains its current policies.

Mr Timms delivered a biting attack on the government’s reduction in support for the costs of childcare, which will cost parents with one child up to £900 worth of support per year.  The House of Commons library has estimated that 32,000 parents have given up work in the past year because they can no longer afford the cost of childcare.  He called for the Government to take action to build a stronger economy providing parents with well-paying jobs – jobs to lift them and their children out of poverty.

“I applaud the work of Child Poverty Action Group to fight child poverty.  The fact of the matter is that the Coalition’s policies threaten to completely reverse the successes the last government had in tackling child poverty.  I and other members of the Labour Party will continue to fight for children and for their parents, until the next election, and beyond.”

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