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Anderson comments on Child Poverty Bill

16 November, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle Martina Anderson has this afternoon commented on the Child Poverty Bill passing through the Assembly today.

Speaking at Stormont Ms Anderson said;

“The Child Poverty Inquiry carried out by the Committee of the Office of the First and deputy First Minister laid bare the extent – the scandalous extent - of child poverty here and demonstrated the need for pro-active and cross-cutting measures to combat it.

Indeed, as a newly-elected MLA, the first thing I did when coming into office was to lobby for this inquiry.

The reason I did so is because I was appalled by the levels of child poverty in this society. In my own constituency, the child poverty rate is 34%. That is an absolute scandal.

In this new dispensation we now have the opportunity - and indeed the responsibility - to begin addressing that legacy.

A number of amendments were sought in relation to this Bill and these amendments and the new mechanisms in place will assist us in terms of monitoring and implementing the kind of cross-cutting measures that will be required to help eradicate the scourge of child poverty.” CRÍOCH

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