Work and Pensions Committee: Press Notice

'Select Committee to hear evidence on Child Poverty'

Child Poverty: One off evidence Session

The Work and Pensions Committee has today announced a one off evidence session on child poverty as a one year on follow-up on its report The best start in life? Alleviating deprivation, improving social mobility, and eradicating child poverty.

Wednesday 17 June 2009 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, DCSF

Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, HMT

Helen Goodman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DWP

The Committee will assess progress against the Government's PSA Target to halve the number of children in relative low-income households between 1998-99 and 2010-11, on the way to eradicating child poverty by 2020; and the Government's response to the Committee's report on child poverty The best start in life? Alleviating deprivation, improving social mobility, and eradicating child poverty.

Following the Budget 2009 announcements, it will evaluate how effective Government initiatives are in (i) breaking cycles of intergenerational worklessness and (ii) assisting out of poverty families in these groups who cannot work and whether the Government is doing enough to support:

€ lone parents

€ unemployed partners

€ parents of disabled children

€ disabled parents

to find quality, sustainable employment.

It will also assess the effectiveness of cross-government co-ordination to address child poverty.

Anyone wishing to submit papers to the Committee in connection with the evidence session should do so by Friday 22 May 2009. Due to the short time available the Committee requests that all submissions should be:

Please note:

Each submission should:

€ begin with a short summary in bullet point form;

€ have numbered paragraphs;

€ no longer than 2,000 words;

€ be in Word format with little use of colour/logos as possible; and

€ be emailed to the Committee, where possible, including full details and postal address.

A guide for written submissions to Select Committees may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be emailed to and marked "Child Poverty".

Paper copies should be sent to: Hannah van Schijndel, Work and Pensions Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included.

Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless specifically authorised.