Cardinal Welcomes Child Poverty Proposals
posted on 13 December 2001
Speaking at a breakfast seminar at No. 11 Downing Street to unveil a new Government paper on domestic child poverty, heralded in the Chancellor's pre-budget statement, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, welcomed the published document.
The Cardinal praised the broad principles behind the initiative and encouraged the Government to deliver the proposed policy 'at all levels'. He said:
'I welcome the initiatives being proposed by the Government today to challenge domestic child poverty thereby ensuring every child the best possible start in life. I note with interest the Government's determination to bring together a number of different policies but I would want assurances that these will be delivered effectively at all levels.
'I am particularly encouraged by the emphasis on supporting marriage and strong family relationships which are crucial in providing the best beginnings for children.'