100,000 children in Northern Ireland living in poverty- Committee highlights need for action

Session: 2007/2008

Date: 08 January 2008

Reference: COFMDFM 16/07

The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister today published its interim report on Child Poverty in Northern Ireland. 
The report includes written submissions from over 40 key stakeholders.

The Chairperson of the Committee, Mr Danny Kennedy MLA said:

“There can be little doubt that having more than 100,000 children in Northern Ireland living in poverty and 44,000 children living in severe poverty is unacceptable in the 21st Century.

“The Committee therefore welcomes the commitment within the Programme for Government to work towards the elimination of child poverty by 2020 and to work towards the elimination of severe child poverty by 2012 .

“These are, however, very challenging targets and the Committee urges the First Minister, deputy First Minister, and the Executive, to examine the submissions received by it, and to use the proposals put forward within the report to strengthen the short to medium-term targets and actions on tackling child poverty within the Programme for Government, Investment Strategy and Budget.”

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