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Child Poverty Strategy 2012 Onwards

Child poverty has been a consistent issue of concern for my office since its inception in 2001. The Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 placed a duty on the Welsh Government to publish a Child Poverty Strategy which focuses on how the Government’s policies collectively contribute to three strategic objectives; i) to reduce the number of families living in workless households; ii) to improve the skills of parents/carers and young people living in lowincome households so they can secure well-paid employment, and iii) to reduce inequalities that exist in health, education and economic outcomes of children and families by improving the outcomes of the poorest. In recognition of the key role played by the Government’s partners in the shared fight against child poverty, the Measure made action to work towards the goal of eradicating child poverty a statutory requirement across local authorities, Local Health Boards and a range of public bodies in Wales.