Policy Document

Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017




United Kingdom


Family & Children



Main implications

The 2014-2017 Child Poverty Strategy paper is the second paper published by the UK government as required by the Child Poverty Act 2010, which sets the targets for the reduction in child poverty to be achieved by 2020. Its major implications for childcare policies are:

- The provision of Healthy Start Vouchers for young children in low-income families;

- Free school meals for all infant school pupils from September 2014;

- The provision of Breakfast Clubs in deprived areas (around 1 million GBP investment);

- School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme: free fruit and vegetables at school for children aged four to six;

- Free home to school transport to those who live beyond the statutory walking distance or have special educational needs or disabilities, plus 148.3 million GBP funding to local authorities to provide additional transport support to low-income families to widen their choice of schools;

- Early Years Pupils Premium, worth 50 million GBP, for three- and four-year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds;

- The extension of free school meals to all infant school pupils;

- The provision of 75,000 free books targeted to poor families through the Bookstart programme.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

Children from low-income families and combined material deprivation and low-income families.

Types of provision stipulated by this document


Types of childcare provided by the State stipulated by this document

Not mentioned.

Pre-primary school entry age


Benefits offered by this document for using childcare services


Types of benefits guaranteed by this document


Conditions for accessing this benefit

Belonging to a low-income family, or to a combined material deprivation and low-income family.

Amount of the subsidy or contribution granted

Not specified

The duration of the benefit is determined by the following specific conditions

Not specified

Does this document guarantee a provision of childcare free of costs?


Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

HM Government (2014) “Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17”. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to Section 9 of the Child Poverty Act 2010 in June 2014

Original full text source in native language

HM Government (2014) “Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17”. Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to Section 9 of the Child Poverty Act 2010 in June 2014

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

The Child Poverty Strategy represents a strategy document, not a law. Strategy documents set out the action that the government plans to take within a specified time period with regard to a certain policy area.

Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

- Great Britain, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Education. "Child Poverty in the UK: the Report on the 2010 Target". Stationery Office, London, 2012. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/192213/child_poverty_in_the_uk_the_report_on_the_2010_target.pdf
- Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education. “Press Release: Child Poverty Strategy launched”. London Press Office, London, 2014. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/child-poverty-strategy-launched
- Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. “Response to the consultation on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014 to 2017”. UK Government, London, 2014. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/318062/2b_Poverty_Response_-_Final.pdf


Ernestina Coast, Ginevra Floridi & Wendy Sigle
London School of Economics and Political Science

Data collected in the framework of the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017" (Information provided by Ernestina Coast, Ginevra Floridi & Wendy Sigle). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].