Tories abolish #ChildPovertyUnit to hide the ONE target they’ve hit – and hugely exceeded

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carpet.jpgAs the excellent @Rachael_Swindon blog has pointed out this evening, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to abolish child poverty, the Tories have admitted that they intend to abolish the Child Poverty Unit – the civil service organisation intended to measure, understand and resolve the causes of child poverty.

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Ironically, after a seemingly-unending run of missed targets on everything from economic performance to immigration to NHS waiting times, this decision comes as the Tories finally meet – and in fact, massively exceed – one. Unfortunately, it’s one that no sane, feeling person would have wanted to see hit – but for the Tories it’s enough simply to sweep it under the carpet by abolishing the unit that monitored and fought it.

Almost 4 years ago, in January 2013, this blog covered the admission by then Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, that Tory attacks on benefits…

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