Around 200,000 children are living in poverty in Wales, or one in three of the total, according to a new report from the Save the Children charity. In addition, as many as 90,000 live in severe poverty. On both counts, Wales has the highest rate of child poverty of any nation in the UK. More than half (53 per cent) of Welsh children in low-income families are worried their parents are finding it harder to pay for everyday necessities such as food, heating and clothes.
A quarter of parents (25 per cent) living on low incomes in Wales report frequently skipping meals, and feel they have nothing else left to cut back on. A fifth of Welsh parents on low incomes say stress about money affects their relationship with their children. Rising living costs, high unemployment, cuts in public spending and benefit changes are all set to make the position in the years immediately ahead. After two lots of European funding Labour Failed to use this money to reduce poverty. Now they are blaming the Con/Dem cuts for Labour failure.