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In 1999, the government set a target of eradicating child poverty within a generation and of halving child poverty by 2010. Progress has been made and (according to a government report ‘Ending child poverty: everybody’s business’) 600,000 children have been taken out of relative poverty, and absolute poverty has fallen by 1.8 million to less than half the 1998-99 level. But many children still live in poverty and this is unacceptable. (Photo - flckr)