The new Strategy sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government intends to tackle child poverty and outlines its 2020 vision of a Wales where no child or young person is disadvantaged by poverty. Its accompanying Delivery Plan sets out the policy action and commitments that will enable the Assembly Government to deliver this vision.
The event is part of a series being held across Wales, following the publication for consultation of the Assembly Government’s major new Strategy and Delivery Plan. A range of organisations from North Wales are taking part in the consultation event, which is being held at Glyndwr University, ensuring as many views as possible are taken into account.
The Assembly Government’s new Child Poverty Strategy sets out three new strategic objectives to tackling child poverty in Wales. These are to reduce the number of families living in workless households; to improve the skill level of parents and young people in low income families so that they can secure well paid employment; and to reduce the inequalities that exist in the health, education and economic outcomes for children living in poverty.
Our vision is that from 2010, there will be a “clear line of sight” setting out the action that the Assembly Government will take to tackle child poverty that can in turn influence developments at local area and community level.
An essential element of the new Child Poverty Strategy is to set out a new direction for developing more effective local delivery arrangements that can better meet the needs of low income families and provide them with the support that they need so that they have a clear route out of poverty.
Deputy Minister for Children Huw Lewis is addressing the conference and will emphasise the importance of engaging with as many people as possible.
The Deputy Minister said:
“The continued existence of child poverty in a modern, civilised and progressive country such as Wales is unacceptable to the Welsh Assembly Government and to Welsh society as a whole.
“As part of our new Child Poverty Strategy we will be developing a new approach to providing support to families living in poverty - at the local level. This approach is already being tried in several local authorities, and is showing great promise by bringing agencies together. But even the best approaches aren’t delivering for families in a fully integrated way yet.
“Only by engaging in as wide a consultation as possible, including all or our partners across Wales, can we ensure that we have the strongest possible base from which to achieve our ambitious aims.
“If children and young people living in poverty are to secure what should be theirs by right, the same life chances and opportunities enjoyed by others, we must redouble our efforts over the coming decade to reach the historic 1997 commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020.”