Layla Moran has today pledged “to do everything I can to make sure no child is left behind”, as new analysis from the End Child Poverty Coalition revealed that 2,978, or more than 1/8 of, children are still trapped in poverty in Oxford West and Abingdon.
Layla said it was a “moral outrage” that even one child still lived in poverty in the UK, adding that “no child should have to come to school hungry”, with children from families earning as little as £7,400 per year still not qualifying for Free School Meals. As we leave this pandemic, we can’t leave a single child behind. Although the child poverty rate in her constituency is lower than average, Layla made it clear that “even one child in poverty in the UK in 2021 is one too many.”
Layla said: “It’s a moral outrage that over 1/8 of children are still trapped in poverty in Oxford West and Abingdon. As we leave this pandemic, we can’t leave a single child behind. Instead, it looks like the Conservatives have failed to make any meaningful steps toward ending child poverty in this country.
“Even one child in poverty in the UK in 2021 is one too many. And no child should have to come to school hungry - kids from families who earn as little as £7,400 a year still don’t qualify for Free School Meals. The provision has to be extended without delay.
“If we don’t act now, during the coronavirus recovery, we’ll have missed a vital opportunity to end child poverty once and for all. I’ve signed the No Child Left Behind pledge, to do everything I can to make sure no child is left behind and trapped in poverty. The Conservatives must do the same.”