24% of children are living in poverty in Wantage constituency, according to latest figures from the Children's Society.
"This is totally unacceptable," Richard Benwell said today. "That's why we need to end the strictures of austerity and invest in welfare support, affordable homes and childcare."
A recent Resolution Foundation report (available here) found that the Liberal Democrats have the most progressive policies of all the three main parties for reducing child poverty.
"The Liberal Democrats are committed to helping the most vulnerable in society," continued Dr Benwell. "It's shameful that all over the country, including here in Oxfordshire, many families struggle to make ends meet each month - families who are just one unexpected bill or a broken washing machine away from a financial crisis. How can we call ourselves a caring society when it is unremarkable that children are becoming homeless. Our plans would ensure the poorest 10% of households are almost 25% better off in 2023-24 relative to today’s position - but that must just be the beginning."