Sinn Féin MLA and Junior Minister Jennifer McCann has called for a more collaborative approach to tackling poverty.
Speaking at an event organised by Belfast Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir this morning she said:
“Last week we saw another two reports from the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Oxfam show that poverty levels here are increasing. We are also seeing high levels of debt and more people having to go to food banks to feed their families.
“No government agency or community or voluntary organisation can work on its own to overcome the enormous challenges facing us. We need to look to the longer-term if we are serious about tackling poverty, ensuring families have adequate income and people have work that pays a living wage.
“Our children and young people must have the opportunity to achieve improved educational outcomes, are healthy, safe and live in a society that respects their rights.
“Focusing on a smaller number of actions, which will really make a difference is at the heart of the Executive’s Delivering Social Change framework.
“We recognised that a new approach was needed to tackling multi-generational poverty. That approach is based on partnership and working to achieve tangible, long lasting social benefits for those who need it most.
“It is only through working together that we have the ability to tackle the scourge of poverty and build a better future for all of our children and young people.”