Labour failed to meet its child poverty target because it is trying to achieve it on the cheap. It is no coincidence that the countries with the lowest poverty have the highest taxes. The Tories will claim that higher taxes will destroy the economy, but France, Germany and Scandanavia have higher GDP per capita AND higher taxes. In fact higher state spending on education, childcare etc, lead directly, in the longer term, to higher GDP.
It is very welcome that the Tories have suggested that the eradication of child poverty is an 'aspiration', but their policies suggest the opposite. We have been down the Tories lower taxes option before. It is cheeky of a party that tripled child poverty from 1 in 9 children to 1 in 3, to criticise Labour for 'only' reducing child poverty by 700,000.
Scandanavia has child poverty below 5%, we have 27% of children in poverty. If we are to reduce this poverty, we need higher taxes not lower.