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Child Poverty

Put that the figures attached to Jim Murphy’s announcement today showed that they were getting worse, the PMOS said it was better to wait for the announcement to come out. The PMOS said that the majority of the rise in relative child poverty this year appeared to be accounted for by a rise in the number of self-employed households in poverty. There was a considerable error in recording the incomes of self-employed households. It was the trend over time that mattered for children, and under this Government, it had declined substantially.

Asked to explain about the self-employed households, the PMOS said that because there were errors quite often in the way in which self-employed households recorded their incomes, we believed that that was partly responsible for showing this decline in the figures.

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