By Claire West

Commenting on a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published last week which shows both child and working age poverty are set to rise over the next three years, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'The government argued that the net effect of the budget would leave child poverty unchanged. However, this IFS report takes the impact of the cuts to housing benefit into account, and shows these changes will force another 100,000 children into poverty. It also reveals that in-work poverty is also set to rise between now and 2014.

'The Child Poverty Act requires the government to eliminate child poverty by 2020. The government must know this will be impossible if we just tread water until 2015. This suggests the government might be planning to extend or even scrap this target.'