Hain warns more children will be pushed into poverty by Government welfare reforms
MORE children will be pushed into poverty by the Government's welfare reforms, Neath MP Peter Hain has claimed.
He spoke out after the End Child Poverty charity campaign said 100,000 children across the UK were set to fall into poverty over the next few years.
Mr Hain said: "We should be concentrating on getting children out of poverty, but instead we are scrambling to stop more of them crossing the line."
End Child Poverty has warned urgent steps need to be taken to protect the poorest from the changes to the welfare system.
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It estimates that 3,914 children are living in poverty in Neath. In Wales, 200,000 children live in poverty, which is defined as surviving on a household income of less than 60 per cent of the average national wage.
Mr Hain said: "The disastrous Government policies will see many hard- working families in Neath forced to choose between heating their homes or putting food on the table."