The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions came to the House of Commons to deliver the devastating news that poverty was on the rise to 3.7million people and a rise in child poverty in particular.
I raised how some wards in Delyn have a child poverty rate over 40% and how unemployment continues to rise/ The UK Government have not got a grip on this and are presiding over a disastrous work and pensions policy.
I am deeply concerned by findings made by the Resolution Foundation, in their report ‘The Living Standards Audit 2018’, which shows that typical household incomes for working-age families grew by just 1.4% (in real terms) less than the average (2.1%) recorded between 1994 and 2007. This has resulted in inequality being little changed for the last decade and relative child poverty has “risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment.”
The report states that working-age incomes in 2016-17 were just 4% higher than they were in 2006-07. When you focus on those on low to middle incomes, the Resolution Foundation notes, “the picture is even worse: growth of just 0.3% in 2016-17 left median incomes in the group entirely unchanged on the decade.” Read more “Resolution Foundation Report: Child Poverty on the rise”
My colleague, Louise Haigh MP, secured a much needed debate in Parliament on the fall in life expectancy across the UK. I was able to use this debate to once again tell some hard truths to the Government minister in attendance.
Child poverty in some wards in Delyn is now reaching 50%. Child mortality is also rising across the UK. Action is needed now to stem the tide of growing poverty. If not this Government will have created a lost generation.
I am deeply concerned by figures released today by End Child Poverty which show that nearly 25% of all children in Delyn are currently living in poverty after housing costs.
The figures are broken down by wards and show that the ward with the highest level of child poverty after housing costs is Holywell Central with a rate of 42.61%. This is followed by: Read more “Nearly 1 in 4 children in Delyn now live in poverty”