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Derry is Poverty Capital

20 February, 2008

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that figures showing that child poverty in Derry far exceeds anywhere else in the North proves the need for intervention.

"Figures released by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister show that 12,200 children in Derry are living in households experiencing income poverty," she said.

"That is by far the largest figure seen anywhere in the North and is a damning indictment of the neglect and under-investment which Derry has endured for decades.

"It's important to remember that these figures only reflect the level of poverty before housing costs are taken into account so the reality is even worse."

Ms. Anderson stressed that the new Assembly must now seize the opportunity to address the issue of poverty.

She added: "Through locally elected institutions, we now have an opportunity to begin addressing the neglect of the past.

"The Executive has committed itself to eradicating child poverty by 2020 and we need to see that commitment turned into reality through immediate action on issues such as social housing, tax credits, affordable childcare and the benefits gap.

"The equality-proofing that Sinn Féin secured at the heart of government will be another step in this process as it can ensure that resources are delivered where they are needed most.

"But for that to succeed we need the community as a whole to engage with the process and I would therefore urge as many people as possible to attend the consultation event which is happening in the Guildhall on February 28 as this is the opportunity for the people of Derry to have their say on what this city needs." ENDS

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