Delyn MP David Hanson has pledged to become a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ working to end child poverty by 2020. The Flintshire MP has also pledged to work in parliament on national action that will held end child poverty for all UK children.
David Hanson said:
“A great deal of work was carried under the last Government to tackle child poverty and I stand by our commitment to end child poverty by 2020.
“However, there is clearly a lot more that needs to be done and through these difficult economic times we need to renew our focus on those that need support the most. The work of the Child Poverty Action Group in this area is very important and I am happy to sign their pledge.”
Shan Nicholas, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said:
“All the main parties have committed to ending child poverty by 2020, but David Hanson MP stands out as one of the first to have signed a personal pledge committing to action. It is important MPs understand the leadership role they can take in their area to bring partners together like local councils, schools, service providers and the voluntary sector, as well as showing public leadership by raising public understanding of child poverty in their constituency.
“Britain has one of the highest child poverty rates in Europe and this has an appalling impact on the life chances of many children. There is no reason why British children should suffer more than our neighbours and we are delighted that David Hanson MP is so strongly committed to ending child poverty.”
Notes to Editors
§ The Child Poverty Champions Pledge says:
“I promise to keep the commitments my party voted for in the Child Poverty Act and to work in parliament and in [my constituency] to end child poverty by 2020”
§ David Hanson MP signed the pledge at a reception held by the Child Poverty Action Group in parliament on 6 July 2010. The reception also launched the Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook 2010/11 published by the group, a free copy of which was given to all Child Poverty Champion MPs to help them with their casework with low income families. You can find out more information about Child Poverty Action Group their handbooks and other work to help end child poverty atwww.cpag.org.uk
§ Child Poverty Champion MPs have also been asked to write to local stakeholders and spend time with low income families in their constituency and visiting the services they rely on to help drive forward implementation at local level of the Child Poverty Act and better understand the challenges these families face. The have also been asked to join a new All Party Group to End Child Poverty that will have its inaugural meeting this autumn.
CPAG media contact: Tim Nichols, Tel. 07816 909302.