Eradicating poverty is a pressing priority for ministers in Wales. Targets set often become targets missed - one in three Welsh children are still living below the poverty line. Today the Government unveiled a series of new measures designed to help households where no-one works.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has laid out the government's Tackling Poverty Plan in Cardiff's Butetown today. These are its key targets:
- Reduce the number of 16-18 year-olds not in work, education or training to 9% by 2017
- Narrow the gap in attainment levels for children age seven eligible for free school meals by 10%
- By 2016 increase the number of three-year olds receiving Flying Start services by 5%.
- Close the health gap between those living in the most deprived communities and more affluent ones by 2.5% by 2020.
- Reduce the number of babies born under 5.5 pounds in the most deprived fifth of the population by 19% by 2020.
Plans to provide 5,000 job and training opportunities for households in Wales where no-one has a job are at the heart of new Welsh Government plans to tackle poverty.
The action plan unveiled today sets out how the Welsh Government will target resources to help get people into work.
The plan also includes action to children from low income families to get qualifications and reduce the the number of young people who are not earning or learning
Launching the Tackling Poverty Plan in Cardiff's Butetown, First Minister Carwyn Jones said. "sitting back and watching the costs associated with poverty escalate is not an option. We are determined to leave no stone unturned in finding ways of preventing and reducing poverty."
The Welsh government will launch their new plan to tackle poverty today. It will set out how the government will try to reduce the number of households where no one is in work.
The plan will also look at how the educational achievement of children from low income families can be raised. In a recent report the education watchdog, ESTYN, said that children living in poverty have lower aspirations and are more likely to face unemployment.
The health of people in the most deprived communities in Wales is another area of concern. Figures from the 2011 Census revealed that of the 10 local authority areas with the lowest levels of 'good' health, five are in Wales.