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Poverty figures are damning verdict of Welsh Labour legacy


The Welsh Labour Government continues to fail the poorest families in Wales, Peter Black AM has said today following the publication of figures showing Wales having the highest proportion of children in poverty outside of London.

Peter Black has also accused the Conservatives of trying to move the goalposts in a desperate bid to change the definition of poverty to make themselves look better. He warned that the Tories’ plans to cut welfare by £12bn would hurt the most vulnerable in society.

 

Figures published today by the Department of Work and Pensions shows that Wales has the highest proportion of children in poverty outside of London.

 

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Social Justice said:

 

“These figures are a damning verdict of the Welsh Labour Government’s legacy that is leaving so many children in poverty.

 

Poverty rates in Wales have barely changed since the new millennium began. In contrast, areas like the north-east of England have seen declines in poverty levels.

 

“Labour may talk the talk, but its dire record speaks for itself, which is why Wales is in desperate need of a change.  Welsh Liberal Democrats have a clear record and plenty of ideas to tackle poverty in all its forms.

 

“I am particularly concerned that the Conservatives’ plan to decimate our welfare system will only make this matter worse.  The Tory’s planned £12 billion worth of cuts will hurt the most vulnerable in our society.

 

“It’s despicable that the Tories only this week spoke of their desire to change the child poverty targets.  This simply looks like they want to move the goalposts in a desperate bid to make themselves look better.”


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