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Report shows progress made in tackling poverty, 29/11/13 [W]

Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, has made a statement following the publication of the Child Poverty Strategy for Wales Progress Report 2013.

The report shows that progress has been made over the last three years since the strategy was published, with fewer children in workless households and a small decrease in the attainment gap between children who are eligible for free school meals, and those who aren’t.

However, the report also highlights that tackling child poverty in Wales will be an ongoing challenge with the current austerity cuts in public services and reduction in Welsh Government budget, and a squeeze on family finances.

The report looks at key developments in Wales, set out in the Programme for Government, the Child Poverty Strategy, the Tackling Poverty Action Plan and the Strategic Equality Plan. The Welsh Government is taking a broader approach to tackling poverty than in the past, encompassing its aims for tackling fuel poverty, and poverty amongst families in general, and also older people, and improving well-being as well as reducing the incidence of poverty.

You can view the Minister’s statement on the Welsh Government website.