Welsh child poverty rate ‘national disgrace’ says Oxfam Cymru
Oxfam Cymru has called on the Welsh Government to urgently address spiralling levels of child poverty in Wales.
New figures released by the charity today reveal that one in five (21%) people in Wales live in poverty.
The statistics also reveal that more than one in four (28%) of children in Wales live in poverty.
Oxfam Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to produce a new plan backed by political will and resources to tackle the country’s high child poverty rate.
Responding to the statistics, Sarah Rees, Head of Oxfam Cymru, said: “The pandemic and cost of living crisis have dealt
a devastating double blow to the poorest in our society, as these disturbing statistics demonstrate.
“It’s a national disgrace that across Wales, even in some of the most affluent areas, a large proportion of children live in poverty.
“We know that the ability to end child poverty isn’t solely in Welsh Ministers’ gift, but they must use all of the powers at their disposal to transform the lives of the thousands of children growing up in poverty across Wales.
“A key area of reform is the country’s unaffordable and often inaccessible childcare system, which currently leaves too many parents locked out of paid work and forced into poverty.
“Access to free, good quality childcare for all children from the age of six months should sit at the heart of the Welsh Government’s next child poverty strategy: it’s basic economic infrastructure.
“Poverty isn’t inevitable: failure to tackle it is a political choice. Welsh Ministers must choose wisely and build a fairer future for all of us.”
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