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Poverty action plan

The Welsh Government has set out a new strategy to tackle poverty and help people into work.

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Welsh Government goals for tackling poverty

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.

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