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British government policy is driving child poverty

2 December, 2011 - by Mickey Brady

British government policy is leading to greater child poverty in the north of Ireland. Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady was speaking after figures released by Child Poverty Action showed child poverty had increased by 3% over a year.

“An additional 14,000 children have now joined the 40,000 already living in severe poverty and the 80,000 children living in persistent poverty here, in the north of Ireland,” said Mickey Brady.

“A further 40,000 children are living in families just £5 away from falling into poverty. Rising costs in fuel and food, together with the decision by the British government to leave rates of benefit more vulnerable to inflation, means those figures are likely to increase further.”

“The British Coalition is making a bad situation worse. Job cuts, wage cuts and cuts in welfare are adding to the pain without curing the disease. Growth is the only way to address the deficit, the current Tory-led austerity drive is hurting ordinary families while driving the economy further into recession.”

“And what is the British government’s response to increasing child poverty? They are planning to change official targets for reducing poverty and the means by which it is measured. In other words, rather than addressing child poverty, Iain Duncan Smith is planning to cover it up,” said Mickey Brady.

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