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Child Poverty Act 2010

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Stephen Timms
HM Treasury
Lord McKenzie of Luton
Department for Work and Pensions

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Child Poverty Act 2010 c.9 | PDF version, 136KB 25.03.2010

Latest news on the Child Poverty Act 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 25 March. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Child Poverty Act 2010

The Bill would provide a statutory basis to the commitment made by the Government in 1999 to eradicate child poverty by 2020. Its stated purpose is to give new impetus to the Government’s commitment, and to drive action across departments. It also aims to define success in eradicating child poverty and create a framework to monitor progress at a national and local level.

Key areas

  • places a duty on the Secretary of State to meet four United Kingdom-wide poverty targets by the end of the financial year 2020
  • requires the UK Government to publish a regular UK child poverty strategy
  • requires the Scottish and Northern Irish Ministers to publish child poverty strategies
  • establishes a Child Poverty Commission to provide advice
  • requires the UK Government to publish annual progress reports
  • places new duties on local authorities and other delivery partners in England to work together to tackle child poverty.

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