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Labour Member of Parliament for Coventry South

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Jim Cunningham MP slams child poverty figures

EndChildPoverty.jpgUnder the Tories the UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation. 3.9 million children currently live in poverty. That is 28% of children or 9 in a classroom of 30.

In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty. That represents 30% of all the children living in the constituency.

In 1999, Labour set an ambitious target to halve child poverty by 2010, and to eliminate child poverty by 2020.

In 2015, the Tories scrapped children poverty targets, brought in by the last Labour government, meaning they have no legal duty to tackle the number of children in poverty.

Jarvis MP is putting forward a private members bill to establish a target for the reduction of child poverty in the United Kingdom.

 The bill will require the government to set a child poverty target and a strategy for meeting it.

 Jim Cunningham, the Member of Parliament for Coventry South said:

“No child in Britain should have to grow up in poverty. For those children who do, poverty represents a real barrier to them reaching their potential. 

 “In Coventry South there are 6,349 children living in poverty.

“They are more likely to fall behind in school, less likely to secure a job, and more likely to suffer from illness.

“In Government, Labour made a positive difference for so many. By 2010 over one million children had been lifted out of poverty. As an MP I saw the real change that this made for so many children and families in Coventry South.

“Yet as a result of Conservative government policy all this good work is being undone. The UK is set for the biggest increase in child poverty in a generation.

 “This is unacceptable. We need to give every child the opportunity of the best start in life.

 “Dan Jarvis’s Child Poverty Bill is about putting children first.

 “Through establishing a target to reduce child poverty, we are making a clear statement that can drive change across government”

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