The government published its child poverty strategy for 2014-17. It said that good progress had been made in many areas to date and that the government remained committed to the target of ending child poverty in the United Kingdom by 2020.
It said that actions would be taken to address the root causes of poverty and set out aims to: support families into work and to increase their earnings; improve living standards and reduce living costs; and raise educational attainment.
It said that employers, local agencies, and the devolved administrations would have a part to play in achieving the aims of the strategy. The government published alongside the strategy a consultation on setting the 2020 persistent child poverty target, which would close on 14 August 2014.