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Shocking new figures reveal nearly one in four children live in poverty in West Lothian

Local powers, including over economic development, housing and welfare, must be used to maximum effect to ensure all families have a disposable income fit for giving children a decent start in life.”Leader of West Lothian Council, Lawrence Fitzpatrick, said the local authority is working to address the issue.He said: “We’re committed to doing everything in our power locally to tackle child poverty in West Lothian.“This is a huge challenge as many of the most effective long-term interventions for alleviating child poverty sit with national government, in Holyrood and most notably in Westminster.“So we must actively focus on what is in our control and take the positive steps we canto improve the life chances for young people in West Lothian.”

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