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Thirteen years of Labour and nothing has changed for our poorest children

The Liberal Democrat Candidate for Cardiff Central, Jenny Willott, has condemned the lack of improvement in some indicators of child poverty under Labour as ‘scandalous’. Her comments came after Statistics for Wales released the latest update on the progress made against the Labour-run Assembly Government’s Child Poverty Indicators.

The figures reveal that of the 31 indicators reviewed 32% show ‘little or no progress’ since 1999 and 3% of indicators have fallen behind 1999 levels.

“These figures show once again that the Labour Administrations in both Cardiff and Westminster have failed to raise children in Wales out of poverty,” said Jenny.

“The fact that after 13 years of a Labour Government so many children are still living in poverty is quite simply scandalous. They have had over a decade to change. It can’t go on and they can’t be trusted.

“The Liberal Democrats want to see real help being given to lift children out of poverty, which is why we could ensure no one pays income tax on the first £10 000 they earn, giving them the chance to spend the money raising their family.”

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