Child poverty levels unacceptable - McCann
Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has said current and projected levels of child poverty in the North are unacceptable.
Speaking following the publication of a report on child poverty, Ms McCann said;
"Low wages and deprivation mean that children from low-income families are being denied the basic right to opportunities and life chances that children from more affluent families enjoy.
"There is an onus on any Government to ensure its policies are focused and targeted to eradicate such inequalities.
"What we are seeing instead is the British government cutting services and benefits to poorer households and planning further cuts to tax credits from low-income working families.
"Families here who are already feeling the impact of low incomes and cuts to services for their children are becoming increasingly worried about what lies ahead as further cuts to social security and tax credits are proposed.
"Alongside that the intention of the Tories to further cut the block grant over a two to three-year period in the coming budget means that public services will be starved of essential funding as well.
"This will only result in more and more families being forced into poverty and levels of deprivation for our children rising."