– The admission that the CPU credited with helping to significantly reduce poverty numbers had been incorporated into the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after the unit's staffing has been halved over the last three years, came in answers to parliamentary questions posed by Jarvis.
"When the prime minister stood on the steps of Downing Street, she promised to fight the burning injustice of being born poor and lead a government that worked for everyone. Having a country that works for everyone requires a Government prepared both to help those who fall behind and to stop people being disadvantaged from the outset. Theresa May has no unit, no target and no intention of eliminating child poverty," Jarvis said, as cited by the Independent.
In June, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that 3.9 million UK children were living in poverty in 2015, while in November, the End Child Poverty organization's report revealed that over one in four children are living in poverty once housing costs have been deducted from their incomes.
Cuts to the benefit system and the scrapping of the Child Poverty Act 2010 targets were introduced before May came to power, but there have been no signs of reversing the decisions taken by the previous government.
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