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The Prime Minister is not content with the official definition of child poverty, Number 10 admitted this morning.
The Prime Minister's spokesman was responding a report in The Times that a group of senior Conservatives had drawn up a plan to end the monitoring of child poverty. Asked whether David Cameron was content with the current definition of child poverty, the spokesman said: "I don't think he is."
He added: "I do not think anyone is proposing any change to the current targets, just saying that we should look at a wider set of measures."
He explained that using relative income to measure poverty "could drive policy in the wrong direction".
The Times story said that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office minister, and Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister’s policy adviser, called for Britain’s official child poverty measure to be scrapped when it appeared likely to produce a string of bad headlines for the Government. The group apparently criticised the measure for focusing on an "arbitrary" poverty line.
Oliver Letwin has apologised for disposing of parliamentary papers and constituency documents in a park bin near Downing Street. The Cabinet Office announced yesterday that it was investigating Mr Letwin's actions, whilst the Cabinet Office minister has said the documents were not of a "sensitive nature".
Oliver Letwin has called for ‘fear and discipline’ to be instilled in public sector workers, in a drive for efficiency in the sector. Addressing a consultancy firm, the architect of the Coalition’s plans to reform public services said: "You can't have room for innovation and the pressure for excellence without having some real discipline and some fear on the part of the providers that things may go wrong if they don't live up to the aims that society as a whole is demanding of them".
Mr Letwin’s remarks have angered unions. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, described the comments as "nonsense", saying: "Public sector workers are already working in fear – fear of cuts to their job, pension, living standards and of privatisation. Far from improving productivity, the cuts are creating chaos in vital public services."
Oliver Letwin did not dispose of any classified documents in a park in central London, the Cabinet Secretary has said. Mr Letwin was seen throwing away correspondence, including Parliamentary papers and letters from constituents, in a bin in St. James's Park. The Information Commissioner's Office is investigating whether Mr Letwin breached data protection laws by discarding the documents.
The Cabinet Office are investigating Oliver Letwin's data disposal after he admitted dumping government documents in park bins in St James' Park, Downing Street has announced. The Prime Minister's spokeswoman said: "Our understanding is that there were no classified documents. Most of the business which Mr Letwin does in the park is constituency-based. However, in the light of what's been reported, the Cabinet Office is now looking into it." The Cabinet Office minister denied that the documents were of a "sensitive nature".
A spokesperson for Mr Letwin said today: "Oliver Letwin is an incredibly hard-working constituency MP... Mr Letwin sincerely apologises to any concerned constituents and would like to make assurances that he will no longer dispose of copies of documents and constituency correspondence in this way."
Nick Clegg has set out five “non-negotiable” changes to NHS reforms, the Independent on Sunday reports. He and Cabinet colleagues including Oliver Letwin had previously said there will be “substantive” changes to the Bill.
David Cameron has said that he takes "absolute responsibility" for the reforms, and defended Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, saying that he had done an "excellent job".
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
21/12/2014 on World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
21/12/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News
21/12/2014 on Murnaghan, Sky News