Govt urged not to neglect families living in poverty

The Government is being urged not to neglect people living in poverty when next year's Budget is revealed in just over two weeks.

Yesterday, the Cabinet held five hours of talks at Government Buildings to discuss future spending plans in light of the massive deterioration in the public finances this year.

The discussions are understood to have focused on finding ways to make additional spending cuts to compensate for a huge decline in tax takings.

Despite the scale of the problem, the children's charity Barnardos is urging the Government to continue increasing supports for disadvantaged families to help them cope with the rising cost of living.

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