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Brown's promise on child poverty.

Byline: IAN SMITH

GORDON Brown yesterday pledged not to allow the economic slowdown to undermine his crusade to end child poverty in a generation.

The Chancellor held a child poverty summit in Downing Street yesterday in a bid to emphasise that ending social injustice remains a major Government objective.

Brown insisted that the economy is strong enough to halve the number of children living in poverty by 2010.

He said a combination of lower unemployment, tax breaks for families and increased spending on public services would end the "scar on Britain's soul".

The integrated tax credit for families with children, announced in Brown's pre-Budget report last month, formed the core of a consultation document on child poverty which Brown published yesterday.

One in four families currently receives the working families tax credit, while 85 per cent benefit from the children's tax credit, introduced last April.

Brown said the integrated child tax credit would help eradicate child poverty - classified as those in households living on less than half the average national income.

The benefit will come into effect in 2003 and brings together elements of the working families' tax credit, the disabled persons' tax credit, income support/job seeker's allowance and the existing children's tax credit.
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