Labour’s abandonment of child poverty target threatens to fail an entire generation


Plaid urges Government to create high-skilled, well-paid jobs to help households in in-work poverty

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Children, Skills and Lifelong Learning, Llyr ap Gruffydd AM has hit out at the Labour Welsh Government for abandoning their target to eradicate child poverty in Wales by 2020.

Llyr Gruffydd AM said, “This is an admission on behalf of the Welsh Government that they have completely failed to get to grips with child poverty in Wales.

“Yet again we see the Labour administration ditching key targets – this time to eradicate child poverty by 2020 – in an attempt to mask its own incompetence.

“The Minister cannot simply pass the buck and blame Westminster on this issue. Of course the UK Government’s austerity agenda has hit Welsh communities hard, but let’s not forget it is the Labour Welsh Government that cut £5.5 from the Family Fund in Wales.

“Between this and last week’s dire education results, Labour threaten to fail an entire generation.

“We must see greater action from the Welsh Government to create high-skilled, well-paid jobs and end the problem of parents experiencing in-work poverty which so often disadvantages children from a young age.”

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