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Children's Commissioner's response to the Government’s `Measuring Child Poverty’ consultation

15 November 2012

Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England said "I welcome the Government's commitment to listening to children's views on child poverty. My Office helped to promote their experiences by arranging for the Child Poverty Unit to meet groups of young people. I am pleased the consultation document includes many of their contributions.

"We support the development of a multi-dimensional measure of poverty based on an understanding of children and young people's experiences and views, as well as their rights, as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"It is important that the Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ending child poverty and keeping income measure at the heart of how it measures poverty because money is still the most important factor.

"We will contribute to the consultation in a number of ways: by hosting an event for young people to explore and discuss child poverty and meet members of the Government; through a project being led by Amplify, our children and young people's advisory group, which is looking at what poverty of opportunity and aspiration means; and our work in developing a rights based multi-dimensional approach to poverty through looking at the impact of low income on disabled children's lives."