The Coalition’s Child Poverty Strategy was published on the 5 April.
A clear focus remains on reducing the number of workless households, stating that “work is generally good for the health and well-being of parents, brings social and emotional benefits to their children and, of course, provides a source of income for the family.”
The Government wants to:
• remove financial disincentives to work from within the tax and benefits system so that we create a system which rewards people who do the right thing and work themselves out of poverty;
• support parents who can work, but currently do not, through the provision of support tailored to their specific barriers;
• help families to improve their financial management and avoid unmanageable debt and stress; and
• track progress over the lifetime of this strategy in supporting families to achieve financial independence.
The full document is available to download at www.official-documents.gov.uk