HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c109W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his definition of poverty is; and what plans he has to alter his definition. [57190]

Dawn Primarolo

There is no single definition of poverty as it is a complex and multi-dimensional problem. The Government's annual "Opportunity for all" publication sets out the strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and monitors progress against a range of indicators.

On 18 April 2002, the Department for Work and Pensions published a consultation document on child poverty measurement looking at how best to build on the Government's existing indicators for the measurement of child poverty in the long-term, seeking views on a range of approaches proposed by academics and poverty experts from the UK and overseas. The consultation period ends on 10 July 2002.