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Welsh Government: 'We believe all children should have the same opportunities'

We believe all children should have the same opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.

To meet this ambition we are using our resources across all Welsh Government departments, from health to education, to tackle child poverty.

We are expanding the Flying Start programme to provide free quality childcare in our poorest communities and have introduced a number of policies aimed at breaking the link between deprivation and educational attainment.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Thousands of Welsh children facing poverty

Thousands of children face poverty in Wales by 2020 Credit: PA Wire

Children have paid the highest price in the recession, according to a report by Save the Children published today.

The charity says flat wages, cuts to benefits and the rising cost of living means that low-income families are being placed under a great strain.

One family from Merthyr told Save the Children about their struggle.

The family are waiting for the result of an appeal to change the benefits received by the father.

He now survives on £70 every fortnight in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) since changes were made to his benefits.

The report highlights the so-called 'poverty premium' whereby those on the lowest income have to pay up to £1,939 each year for their goods and services because they don't have savings or access to cheap financing.

The Welsh Government says it's using resources across all government departments to tackle the problem.


Charity urges action for poorest Welsh children

Some of Wales' less well off parents are going without food so they can feed their children, according to a study by Save the Children.

The Welsh Government says one of its top priorities is to reduce poverty.

Krista Lane, from Cardiff, has benefited from one of the charity's schemes. The 'Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play' programme provided her with a chest of drawers for her son and educational toys for her daughter.

"Electric... gas... sometimes I'd run out and I'd have to ask family members to help. It was really hard" she says.