Only one of the Labour Welsh Government’s fourteen recommendations to tackle the Cost of Living crisis have been delivered, research from Plaid Cymru has revealed.
In August of last year, the Welsh Government formed a group of 18 experts to advise the Government on the impact the Cost of Living crisis is having on the people of Wales, and to identify actions that should be taken to mitigate the effect.
However, research from Plaid Cymru reveals that most actions are yet to be taken forward and a lack of clarity and commitment on others is crippling families across Wales.
Almost half of households in Wales are in fuel poverty, and a third of children in Wales are living in relative poverty after targets to eradicate child poverty by 2020 were scrapped eight years ago.
Responding to the publication of the Welsh Governments new Child Poverty Strategy, Plaid Cymru member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, Heledd Fychan MS said:
“Too many children and young people in South Wales Central live in poverty, through no fault of their own. This effects their future prospects, and their health and happiness.
“Both the UK Government and the Welsh Government need to urgently take action and prioritise tackling poverty.
“Whilst I welcome the publication of the long-awaited revised child poverty strategy, it is meaningless without measurable targets.
“Warm words do not put food on tables, or heat homes. The children of Wales cannot afford to wait any longer for real action.”