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British government holding up appointment of Child Poverty Commission - McKay

7 February, 2011


Sinn Féin anti-poverty spokesperson Daithí McKay MLA (North Antrim) has expressed his dismay at the Tory led British government holding up the appointment of the Child Poverty Commission.

Mr. McKay said:

“There is a requirement under to the Child Poverty Act to consult the Commission before formulating the Child Poverty Strategy, therefore the only conclusion that one can come to is that the Tories are not motivated to fully and properly address this very important issue”.

“The Child Poverty Commission would be independent of government and thus offer an objective view rather than pandering to particular political agendas. Could it be that the Tories are afraid that the first pronouncement by the Commission would be a condemnation of the Tory austerity measures which is only adding to the scale of child poverty?

“The Tories should stop their prevarication and appoint the Commission without further delay.

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