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New polling: voters care for the poor, but few mourn the near-forgotten legal target on child poverty

As what was supposed to be an historic social policy milestone is missed, a new Deltapoll survey prompts fears that supposedly-binding carbon targets could go the same way

By Stephen Fisher  

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Twenty years ago, as these infographics highlight, the British government vowed to end child poverty by 2020. That promise was put into law ten years ago, specifically setting targets for the financial year that starts this week. Those targets were removed four years ago. Official statistics say at least one in 10 children are in “low income and material deprivation” and that one in three children are poor by other measures.

Deltapoll presented much of that information to…

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