Child poverty strategy must address need – Fearon
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said the Executive's child poverty strategy must be based on addressing objective need.
Ms Fearon said;
"It is clear from reports published this week that levels of child poverty in the North is increasing.
"This rise, coupled with the prospect of further cuts from the Tory government in Westminster, will see those rates increase event further. That is totally unacceptable.
"There is a real need for a robust child poverty strategy to be put in place to combat these rising levels so that more children do not slip into poverty.
"That strategy must be based on objective need if it is to deal with this issue effectively.
"We in Sinn Féin are committed to working towards eliminating child poverty and call on all parties to ensure any strategy to combat child poverty is based on objective need."