Action to tackle poverty

MP Dan Jarvis
MP Dan Jarvis
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A South Yorkshire MP has called for action to reduce child poverty.

Dan Jarvis, the Labour MP for Barnsley Central, has launched a new report on the subject, which calls for a number of measures at a national and local level to bring down levels of child poverty in Barnsley and across the country.

Mr Jarvis is also putting forward a Bill in Parliament that will set a legally binding target for reducing child poverty and require the government to report on what they are doing to meet that target. The Bill, entitled the Child Poverty in the UK (Target for Reduction) Bill, will be debated and voted on in Parliament early next year.

The new report draws on responses to the recent ‘Just One Thing’ campaign, which asked people in Barnsley for one suggestion of how child poverty could be reduced. Suggestions included: widening access to childcare and free school meals, priotising affordable housing in new developments and reducing the levels of smoking during pregnancy.

Mr Jarvis said: “With one in five children in Barnsley Central living in poverty it is clear that much more needs to be done at a national and local level to reduce child poverty.”