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Children in Wales welcomes focus on poverty as a children’s rights issue in new report, 01/07/15 [W/E/NI/S]

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive of Children in Wales and Commissioner on the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, welcomes the priority that the UK Children’s Commissioners have given to the issue of child poverty in their joint report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which is published today.

Many of the poorest and most vulnerable families with children in Wales are anxiously waiting to see exactly where the axe will fall on 8 July when the Chancellor is expected to announce further cuts to welfare spending. The figure of £12 billion to be cut from the welfare budget will have major consequences for many working and out of work families in Wales.

Whilst there are many issues affecting outcomes for children such as health, education and family relationships, it is indisputable that families with children need sufficient money to live on to pay bills and care for their children. Indeed, having insufficient money to live on creates its own stresses and strains.  The UK Government must not avoid addressing the issue of fiscal poverty.

To date, families with children have been disproportionately affected by the austerity measures and particularly the poorest families, both working and not working. As well as the problem of low incomes and insufficient job opportunities, public services that have traditionally supported children and young people such as youth clubs and libraries have been closed down.

Contact

For further information, please contact Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive, or Sean O’Neill, Policy Director at Children in Wales on 029 2034 2434/07721 568084 or email catriona.williams@childreninwales.org.uk /sean.oneill@childreninwales.org.uk .

Notes

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, disabled children and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.
  2. The Children’s Commissioners from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland published a joint report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 1 July 2015. The report provides an independent perspective on children’s rights issues across the UK, and considers the progress made by the UK and devolved governments in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  This report will be submitted to the UN Committee, ahead of its examination of the UK Government in May/June 2016.