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Statement following meeting with Children's Society yesterday: ...
Statement following meeting with Children's Society yesterday:

A frank and constructive meeting has been held this afternoon between assembly health and social services minister, Jane Hutt, the chief executive of The Children's Society, Ian Sparks and representatives of the society's work in Wales.

The minister asked that Mr Sparks should convey to the trustees of the society the sense of shock and disappointment felt in Wales both at the way in which the society's decision had been announced and the effect this would have on vulnerable children and communities in Wales. She also asked that a further meeting should be held, once these views had been reported to, and considered by the trustees. Mr Sparks explained that the society's decisions had been forced upon them for financial reasons alone, and provided an assurance that the views expressed at the meeting would be conveyed to trustees. Mr Sparks provided an assurance that these views would be conveyed and a report of the outcome provided.

In the meantime it has been agreed that a task force be established as soon as possible bringing together all relevant interests in Wales in order to formulate plans for sustaining the essential work in advocacy and anti-poverty activity which the society currently carries out in Wales. The minister gave an assurance that the assembly would be actively engaged in the work of the task force.

* see LGCnetfor statement from The Children's Society.

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