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Battle against poverty continues

povertyFamilies First is another Welsh Government initiative to help the most vulnerable families. It is aimed at improving the way agencies work together and places a clear emphasis on early intervention for families, particularly those living in poverty, to help stop problems from escalating towards crisis. It is supported with £43.4 million in 2013-14.
Vaughan Gething said:“This report is an important contribution to how we help the poorest in our society. It says we are doing many of the right things and acknowledges that the rest of the UK could learn from what the Welsh Government is doing, especially our efforts to make the experience of poverty less damaging to children and the way we represent school performance information.
“However, we are not complacent and tackling poverty is a daily battle where we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. We are determined to do all we can and to use our resources to help those from our least well off communities to make sure they have the same opportunities as the rest of society.
‘’A key part of this will be breaking the link between poverty and poor educational attainment and helping children have the right start in life through our Flying Start programme.
“I believe we are doing more and going further than the UK Government or any of the other devolved administrations in our efforts to tackle poverty.
‘’We are doing this against a tough backdrop, with cuts to welfare, the cost of living rising and a sluggish economy. Despite this we are unwavering in our commitment to do all we can.”