NEWS

Expert laments lack of measures to protect children from poverty

Greece has not been doing enough to fight child poverty, Deputy Ombudsman Giorgos Moschos told a parliamentary committee on Friday.

He told MPs on the equality and human rights committee that a panel of experts at the National Center for Social Research had come to this conclusion after studying a range of figures.

“The team of experts found that children at risk of poverty had risen from 23 percent in 2008 to 30.4 percent in 2011 and that the percentage of children experiencing severe material deprivation rose from 18.7 percent to 29.2 percent,” he said, adding that the proportion of children living in a household where neither parent works tripled to 9.2 percent.

“So far there has been no strong political commitment to fighting child poverty in Greece,” Moschos said.

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