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Child poverty strategy to be unveiled later this week

The government is to unveil a new strategy to tackle child poverty on Thursday, the BBC has learned.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith would also like to announce a new definition of what constitutes child poverty, but that could be vetoed by his colleagues in the Treasury.

Currently, a child is said to be living in poverty if their household income is less than 60% of the average wage.

But Mr Duncan Smith wants factors other than income to be taken into account.

A Downing Street spokesman said the government was obliged to regularly update its strategy on child poverty and the latest review "would be published shortly".

BBC political correspondent Iain Watson says the Treasury remains sceptical and could block any changes, wary that the government's opponents could accuse them of massaging child poverty figures.

In October, the government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn warned that working parents in Britain "simply do not earn enough to escape poverty".

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