Child Poverty in Wales


Dydd Mawrth, 20 Tachwedd 2012
Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Prif Weinidog ddatganiad am fynd i’r afael â thlodi plant yng Nghymru.

[Will the First Minister make a statement on addressing child poverty in Wales.]

The First Minister: Tackling child poverty is a fundamental priority for the Welsh Government and features in the ‘Tackling Poverty Action Plan’ for Wales. 

Mark Drakeford: First Minister, the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has recently set out his belief that the benefits system ought not to provide any additional help for families with more than two children. It is now being suggested that this policy would be extended to cover help that is linked to the benefits system, such as free school meals. First Minister, will you provide an assurance that, in Welsh schools at least, no child will be sent away hungry simply because their two elder brothers or sisters have already been fed?

The First Minister: The Member is absolutely right to point out that, as things stand at the moment with the DWP, where families are on benefits and they have more than two children, the first two children will be fed in school and subsequent children will not. That is the extent of the humanity that exists in the DWP at the moment. I can assure the Member that the scenario that he has outlined will not happen in Wales