HC Deb 02 April 2001 vol 366 c85W
26. Mr. Derek Twigg

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what measures he has taken to combat child poverty. [154885]

Mr. Bayley

"Opportunity for all" describes the full range of measures we are taking to combat child poverty, but I will highlight just a few.

As a result of personal tax and benefit measures announced by this Government, over 1.2 million children will be lifted out of poverty and all working families will be guaranteed an income of £11,700 a year from October 2001.

And we are ensuring all children get the best start in life by helping parents into work through the New Deals, raising education standards by investing more in schools, tackling health inequalities, and improving services through our £450 million investment in the new Children's Fund.