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Without a continued focus on lifting families out of poverty, debt levels could increase, leading to a rise in personal insolvency for households with children to support.

The Child Poverty Action Group has called on the government to continue its efforts to reduce child poverty levels, following the publication of statistics showing strong progress on the issue.

Across three different measures – absolute poverty, relative poverty and material deprivation – millions of children were lifted out of poverty by 2010.

While the initial ambitious targets laid down by the Labour government have not been met, the CPAG says “major progress” has been made – and warns against losing focus now.

“If we sideline income poverty, it will backfire and we will see an increase in problems like debt, family breakdown, poor health and addiction,” says CPAG chief executive Alison Garnham.

Any increase in debt could lead to a rise in personal insolvency rates in households with children to look after – compounding their existing poverty.

If you are concerned about your household finances, whatever your circumstances, our insolvency practitioners are ready to help take a look at your income and outgoings, and suggest the most appropriate solution for your situation.