IDS Moves to Combat Church Attacks on Welfare by Redefining Child Poverty


Up to their old tricks as usual by saying child poverty doesn’t really exist.

Benefit tales

David Cameron has moved to combat church leaders’ attacks on his welfare policies by agreeing a redefinition of what constitutes child poverty and introduce new measures to combat it.

In what is certain to prove a hugely-controversial policy, it is reported that the prime minister has given work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith the green light for the reform, over-ruling some objections from ministers said to include chancellor George Osborne.

Duncan Smith originally proposed a change in the way child poverty is calculated more than two years ago but his proposals have been bogged down in a review and internal cabinet battles, with fears they would be seen by Labour as a way of artificially lowering figures.

The government promised to end child poverty by 2020 but has no prospect of meeting the target so, critics claim, is ready to “fiddle the figures”.

The recent attacks on the government’s…

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