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IDS child poverty targets 'will let kids down'

CAMPAIGNERS said yesterday that Iain Duncan Smith’s new targets to reduce child poverty lack ambition and will "let a lot of children down".

The Work and Pensions Secretary set a target of less than 7 per cent of children living in persistent poverty by 2020 for the Con-Dem government.

He said the target showed the Government recognised that "persistent poverty can be particularly harmful to children's life chances.”

But the Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said: "This is a target that will let a lot of children down.

"We hope the 7 per cent will be a starting point from which we can move to a more ambitious target as favoured by two-thirds of respondents to the Government 's consultation."

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