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Charity says tackle child poverty
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Tackling child poverty "should be priority" for authorities
The NI Executive and the UK government must do more to eliminate child poverty, a children's charity has said.

Barnardo's has called on the two bodies to implement a "full action plan with measurable outcomes and timescales to address child poverty".

Barnardo's NI director, Lynda Wilson, said 100,000 children were living in officially-defined levels of poverty.

She said the children would go without many of the activities and material things their friends took for granted.

Ms Wilson said the children would experience "the lack of choice and dignity that poverty can too often bring".

'Essential'

"A further group are living in severe poverty," she said.

"Around 44,000 children and young people will be missing out on regular items that the rest of the community see as essential and poverty will have a particularly devastating effect on them."

Ms Wilson urged the government and the executive to provide more support for parents to get back to work "by introducing the New Deal for families and the full job centre plus programme".

"They could provide further support for families with a disabled child or parent through reviewing current levels of respite care and review the levels of supported training and employment of disabled young people," she said.

"These are actions that the Northern Ireland Executive, together with the Westminster government, can take which will greatly reduce the number of children living in poverty and the kind of life chances they have."




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