Are the Tories in denial of child poverty?

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​The Conservative government wants to redefine definitions of child poverty, but campaigners accuse them of merely shifting the goalposts 

2nd July 2015 by Robert Armour 2 Comments

Are the Tories in denial of child poverty?

Poll results (total votes: 67)

Are the Tories in denial of child poverty?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
58
Ratio:
86.57%
Answer:
No
Votes:
9
Ratio:
13.43%

Campaigners have reacted with disbelief this week as work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said he would redefine child poverty.

Currently, a child is being defined as being poor when he or she lives in a household with an income below 60% of the UK's average.

But Duncan Smith says this measure is overly simplistic and the country had become "obsessed by targets".

Instead the government will develop a range of other indicators to measure its causes, including family breakdown, debt, drug and alcohol dependency, employment and educational attainment.

Critics say this is effectively shifting the goalposts and that no matter how you define poverty, the problems it causes will still exist.

What do you think? Are the Tories in denial of child poverty?

Comments

3rd July 2015 by Dnl

It would be very very naive to belief that this generation of Tories are in denial about child poverty. They know about it, they, probably, could do something about it but have decided it's not a priority, not important and doesn't affect them or most of their supporters.

15th July 2015 by Denis

I believe the tory government is fully aware of the extent of child poverty, the problem is not denial, it's that they just don't care about child poverty - or any other social poverty. They are the elite, rich, powerful and above the law, they believe poverty is a crime committed by the poor, and the poor must be punished for the crime.