The measures contained in the Chancellor’s budget will bring another five difficult years for families in the constituency on top of the difficult years of the last Government. Child poverty is a very serious concern which is why I hosted a summit bringing together key stakeholders including Neath Port Talbot Council, NPTCVS, Children In Wales, Barnardos and the Deputy Children’s Commissioner,
There are some shocking figures relating to child poverty in Aberavon with an estimated 9,400 to be affected by the changes in tax credits and child poverty set to rise over the course of the Parliament. Worryingly two thirds of children in poverty are in an in-work family.
The aim of the meeting was to look at ways to work together and produce joined up working to mitigate the worst effects of these callous changes and reach as many children as possible. By bringing together the various groups with wide ranging university expertise across the spectrum we were able to make good progress in facilitating joined up working to help more children.