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MINISTERS PLAN TOUR OF HARD-HIT REGIONS AS PART OF DRIVE TO CUT CHILD POVERTY

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Leading cabinet ministers are planning to highlight the government's renewed drive against child poverty with a tou...
Leading cabinet ministers are planning to highlight the government's renewed drive against child poverty with a tour of Britain's poorest regions later this month, reports The Guardian (p1).

Chancellor Gordon Brown, John Prescott, the environment secretary, David Blunkett, the education secretary, and the department of trade and industry's Stephen Byers will visit 'pockets of poverty' which have missed out on the prosperity of south-east England.

It is hoped that the tour will help drum up investment in deprived areas, but will also be seen as an attempt to reassure the old Labour faithful that the government is not solely concerned with affluent middle England.

The aim of the drive is to lift more than a million of Britain's poorest children out of hardship - by halving child poverty in 10 years and eradicating it in 20.
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