Poverty: Children

Wales written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effects of the Government's welfare policies on the level of child poverty in Wales since May 2010.

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan The Secretary of State for Wales

The Government are firmly committed to eradicating child poverty. In his report to Parliament, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my right hon. Friend Mr Duncan Smith made clear that, while income is important, considering this measure in isolation fails to properly reflect the real experience of poverty. The Government are developing more effective measurements of child poverty which will provide a more accurate picture in Wales and the UK. We will be launching a consultation seeking views on how to do this in the autumn.

The Welsh Government also have responsibility for a number of factors that affect child poverty including its own Child Poverty Strategy and Delivery Plan for Wales. It is important that both strategies work together.

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